10/27/2007 AT 1:00 PM ET
Although actress Sharon Stone was in Rome raising money for AIDS research on Friday, she was never far from her three sons Roan, 7, Laird, 2, and 17-month-old Quinn.
“They’re with my sister in L.A. and I’ve been getting regular texts and updates all day, Stone told PEOPLE at a benefit for amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research. “My two year-old just had his first shaving experience with the back of a toothbrush!”
Clad in Fendi fur shawl and dress, Stone was in town to host the benefit. She personally conducted an auction of, among other items, De Grisogono jewelry and contemporary art, charming and cajoling the VIP crowd.
“We’re in for 35, back to you for 45 Don’t flirt with me and not mean it, you know I hate that I love that quiet talk but I can’t quite hear you,” said Stone.
Among the items sold were a series of nine sultry photos of the actress taken by photographer Mark Liddell, which went for $25,000.
“We usually sell a piece of something and it’s usually a piece of me,” joked Stone.
Stone admitted she had the pre-auction jitters: “Every time I come here I think nobody will come and it will be a disaster and I will cry at the end.”
But she had no need to worry: The benefit had a happy ending, raising $1.25 million.