Leonardo DiCaprio hosts record breaking auction

Leonardo DiCaprio raised an impressive $38.8 million at a charity art auction earlier this week.

Leonardo DiCaprio organised a “record-breaking” charity art auction on Monday.

The Hollywood actor raised an impressive $38.8 million to benefit wildlife conservation through his own foundation with the art sale, which was titled The 11th Hour.

The auction had been expected to bring in about $18 million, with a source telling the New York Post it was “the biggest auction to benefit the environment ever.”

A star-studded crowd came to support Leonardo at Christie’s in New York City on Monday night, including Bradley Cooper, The Great Gatsby co-star Tobey Maguire, Salma Hayek and Mark Ruffalo.

The 38-year-old had personally asked 33 artists – including Banksy – to donate to the auction, and even contributed a painting by Andreas Gursky from his own collection.

According to the publication, Leonardo also “spent time at Christie’s phoning bidders to entice them in advance of the auction”.

Kicking off the bidding, Leonardo told the guests: “Our goal here tonight is very simple. The funds raised will directly go to support innovative conservation projects on land and in our oceans. Please. I urge all of you to bid as if the fate of the planet depends on us.”

The night’s biggest sale came from gallery owner Larry Gagosian, who spent $6.5 million on an abstract work by Mark Grotjahn.

Stewart Rahr snapped up a Robert Longo tiger drawing aptly called ‘Leo’ for $1.6 million. He also splashed out on a portrait of Leonardo by Elizabeth Peyton for more than $1 million.

Maguire spent $262,500, while Leonardo himself purchased a $735,000 print.

Leonardo’s auction follows on from a recent The Great Gatsby party he hosted alongside co-star and pal Maguire.

The pair celebrated the premiere of their latest film at The Darby Restaurant in the city after a VIP screening at the Lincoln Center.

Director Baz Luhrmann, Jay-Z, Carey Mulligan, Jamie Foxx, Amanda Seyfried, Jake Gyllenhaal and Coco Rocha were amongst the party-goers, with one guest suitably impressed by the exclusive affair.

“It was like New York’s version of the Globes with A-listers everywhere — at one table Leo, Tobey, Jen [Meyer] , Tom Hardy and Baz; another with Jay-Z, Florence Welch and Jake; and another with Jamie, Lil Jon, and Rohan [Marley],” an onlooker exclaimed.
Copyright: Cover Media 2013

Wednesday, 15. May 2013