Leonardo DiCaprio space trip raises millions

The chance to travel into space with Leonardo DiCaprio has raised almost $4 million at a Cannes charity auction.

A space trip with Leonardo DiCaprio has raised almost $4 million for charity.

Earlier this week it was reported that the actor had put his name to one of the biggest prizes at the amfAR gala in Cannes. Up for grabs was the chance to take a trip on Virgin Galactic’s space flight accompanied by Leonardo.

The auction took place at the Hotel du Cap in France last night and two mystery Leonardo fans each bid $1.9 million to secure a pair of seats on the flight, reports New York Post.

Places on the world’s first commercial space trip usually cost around $200,000, however this journey was described as “priceless” since the passenger will have the pleasure of Leonardo’s company as they leave Earth behind. Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson is hoping to start launching flights at the end of the year.

The space trip wasn’t the only prize involving Leonardo that attracted a great deal of interest. Also on offer was the chance to attend the premiere of the 38-year-old’s new movie The Wolf of Wall Street with him. That went for an impressive $1.5 million.

Guests also splashed out on prizes that gave them admission to one of the glitziest Oscar parties next year.

Organisers decided not to reveal the names of the lucky bidders raising money for the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS event.

A host of Hollywood A-list stars turned out for the gala, including Nicole Kidman, Janet Jackson, Jessica Chastain and Christoph Waltz. All eyes were on Sharon Stone, as the glamorous actress stunned in a plunging gown.
Copyright: Cover Media 2013

Friday, 24. May 2013