Since we can no longer rely on our president to save the environment, I guess we all just have to settle for Leonardo DiCaprio.
The movie star and serial model dater will be hosting his annual art auction and gala this Wednesday in St. Tropez (the location is supposed to be undisclosed for security reasons, though Page Six reports it is happening in the vineyard Domaine Bertaud Belieu). All of the funds from the event will go on to benefit the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, which claims to be “dedicated to the long-term health and wellbeing of all Earth’s inhabitants.”
Leo’s auction is no joke; last year’s event raised $45 million (though he had to return a little bit of it due to a Malaysian money-laundering scheme. But we digress), and he’s raised a total of $80 million over the years. At this year’s auction, 40 works of art will be available to bid on in a live auction on July 26th, and an additional 100 pieces will be available to bid on online starting July 27th, with bidding open from August 10-23.
Artists included in this year’s sale include Darren Bader, Lynda Benglis, Cecily Brown, Sam Durant, Tracey Emin, Urs Fischer, Donna Huanca, Pope.L, Oscar Tuazon and Wang Guangle. In addition, artists Andrea Bowers, Adrian Ghenie, Max Hooper Schneider, Rashid Johnson, Sanya Kantarovsky, Ben Quilty, Julian Schnabel, Yukimasa Ida and Camilo Restrepo all created work specifically for this sale. Prices have not yet been released, but works in the online auction will reportedly range from $500-$100,000. So there’s something for everyone! [Art Newspaper]
Oil Artist Yukimasa Ida is the youngest artist so far in the #LDF history that has been asked to supply a commission for the auction in St Tropez. We are all thrilled for Ida and the chance to work with this fine foundation that is actually “doing” something about the worlds plight. Also Ida begins his UK residence in August and debut U.K. show in London Oct 2017 “Debut” @labassawoolfe . #Repost @simondepury (@get_repost) ・・・ Leonardo DiCaprio by Yukimasa Ida to be sold July 26 enquiries WhatsApp +447500660868 de-Pury.com #yukimasaida #leonardodicaprio #leonardodicapriofoundation #2017ldfauction #allinplaceinamatteroftime #climatechangeisreal #savetheplanet @leonardodicapriofoundation @leonardodicaprio @sfaadvisory @lisaschiff123 @simondepury