Pierce Brosnan said art helped him cope with the death of his first wife as he auctioned off his painting of music legend Bob Dylan for £1million.
The James Bond star, 65, gave an emotional speech at the exclusive AmfAR Gala on the French Riviera, describing how he turned to painting to heal his pain.
Brosnan lost his 43-year-old wife of 11 years Cassandra Harris to ovarian cancer in 1991. In 2013 his daughter Charlotte died of the same disease aged 42.
Pierce Brosnan stands beside his painting of music legend Bob Dylan at a charity gala near Cannes, where it was sold for £1million
The actor was left speechless when the final bid was made on May 17 at the charity gala near Cannes to support AIDS research.
But before the bidding war began he said: ‘I started painting in 1987 when my late wife had cancer.
‘I had been painting out of pain and now the pain sometimes comes through in colour.’
Celebrities including Lewis Hamilton, Nicole Scherzinger, Sting, Grace Jones and Ellie Goulding cheered as Brosnan’s painting was auctioned off.
And he has even promised to fly to wherever in the world the winner lives and take them out for dinner.
Brosnan with his first wife Cassandra Harris and their children Charlotte and Christopher. Harris died of ovarian cancer in 1991 aged just 43 and Charlotte died of the same disease in 2013 aged 42
Brosnan with his second and current wife Keely Shaye Smith arriving at the gala on the French Riviera
The star said he wouldn’t give up his day job as an actor but was ‘proud and humbled’ to be surrounded by ‘such great artists’ at the evening event.
He also praised his second wife Keely Shaye Smith, 54, for ‘directing’ his life for 25 years.
The couple have two children – Dylan, 21, and Paris, 17.