Dicaprio’s Annual Charity Auction
Ever fancied playing a game of no-limit Texas Hold ‘Em with Edward Norton and Jonah Hill? How about lunch in downtown NYC with Margot Robbie… or perhaps a private dinner at the top of the iconic Eiffel Tower’s more your thing? Well, you just missed your chance. These once-in-a-lifetime experiences were just a few of the lots up for grabs at the Leonardo Dicaprio Foundation’s glitzy gala auction that took place in St Tropez on Wednesday night.
With the likes of George Clooney, Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett and Steven Spielberg among the many famous faces to join the bidding wars, Leo and his a-list pals raised a whopping $45 million for the Foundation, which is dedicated to improving the long-term health and wellbeing of all Earth’s inhabitants. DiCaprio will also donate a portion of the money raised to families of the victims and survivors of the terrorist attack in Nice, France last week.
The man of the hour – an avid art collector himself - appeared more than once, incorporated into the evening’s artistic offerings. First with Leonardo DiCaprio’s Eye Portrait by Marc Quinn, a magnificent microscopic map of the actors identity which forms part of the artists ongoing series of works “We Share Our Chemistry with the Stars” then in Damien Hirst’s Beautiful Leonardo DiCaprio Looking Away Painting.
Big winners at the event included a Gazing Ball painting by one of the most important and influential artists of the postwar era, Jeff Koons, which sold for $4 million, and a Picasso canvas that fetched $3.75 million, alongside an impressive array of covetable artworks by James Turrell, George Condo, Cai Guo-Qiang, Adrien Brody, and Urs Fischer, among others, curated by Lisa Schiff.
We’d have liked to have gone to the after party….