Newly married George Clooney reportedly sold his wedding photographs to the highest bidder, all in the name of charity. News of the photography auction was broken by TMZ on the morning of September 30, 2014.
Although public images of the Clooney-Alamuddin wedding were few and far between, it has been revealed that exclusive photographs of the star-studded event were put on the auction block for the highest bidder to claim, in order to contribute to a charity the pair felt was more than worthwhile. The winners of said auction are said to be People Magazine and Hello! Magazine (Europe edition), who coughed up the most money in order to gain the privilege of publishing images of one of the biggest weddings of the decade. The fact that the latter magazine was one of the winners came as a surprise to many, as it is considered somewhat of a tabloid and therefore less reputable than most of the other magazines who went up for the prize. People Magazine represented the North American winner of auction, while Hello! claimed the title of European representative. Clooney’s share of the money the pair ponied up has reportedly been donated to the organization entitled the Satellite Sentinel Project, a charity that is said to monitor the movement of Sudan militant gangs, for the purpose of warning civilians of a potential impending attack. The award-winning actor is a co-founder of the group, which was formed in 2010. A source connected to Clooney told popular gossip website TMZ that every photograph published in the aforementioned magazines will be beneficial in its contribution to saving a life.
The formerly self-proclaimed life-long bachelor got married this past weekend to Lebanon native Amal Alamuddin, in an intimate ceremony in Venice, Italy. The nuptials were reportedly very traditional, featuring a wedding rehearsal after which the respective groom and bride went their separate ways for one last night in order to celebrate their proverbial last hurrah, and subsequently exchanged simple wedding bands consisting of platinum materials (the pair were reportedly not interested in any kind of flashy, attention grabbing jewelry). The pair were married by a former mayor of Rome, Walter Veltroni. The wedding party, which included such A-list names as U2 frontman Bono and Good Will Hunting actor Matt Damon, was reportedly kept under strict instructions not to distribute photographs of any kind to any media sources whatsoever. The event was kept so exclusively under wraps that guests were required to use a loaner phone which functioned only through the use of a pre-given code, one which sent an alert back to Clooney and his camp provided any wedding guests took unauthorized pictures and attempted to share them without consent. The actor claimed that the security was put in place due to the recent hacking of celebrity phones, but sources close to the event have given the statement that the reason for such security had more to do with the groom being concerned that those he considered his friends may or may not break protocol in order to receive substantial media attention.
It remains to be seen how the public will react to the photos being published in the aforementioned magazines, after George Clooney awarded them the highest bidder. The newly minted bride and groom, however, are reportedly ecstatic that the money involved will be donated to the charities they deem to be the most worthy.
By Rebecca Grace