Leonardo DiCaprio cares passionately about two things in life: dating models and the environment. Last night, the movie star focused (primarily) on the latter, hosting his third annual charity gala in St. Tropez for his foundation that auctioned off some rather bizarre items. Of course, a lot of models attended.
To his credit, the auction did succeed and Leo was able to raise a record-making $45 million for “pioneering individuals and organizations who are on the front lines of environmental conservation and climate advocacy.” Though the sale prices are not available, we can see which items sold (and which didn’t).
Someone actually bid on playing poker with Jonah Hill and Edward Norton — who played a poker player in the movie “Rounders” (yesterday bidding for this was €110,000). But no one wanted to spend twelve nights in DiCaprio’s Palm Springs home in January, nor did they want a Monumental Lion Sculpture (below) that was inscribed by DiCaprio and also came with a stay in a British castle.
Other items that sold were a 1950 Jaguar Mark V Drophead that was signed by “Hollywood Royalty” including Leonardo DiCaprio, Channing Tatum, Robert De Niro, Mark Wahlberg, Orlando Bloom, Ben Affleck, Robert Downey, Jr., Tom Hanks, Jonah Hill, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Charlize Theron, Justin Timberlake; having a lunch in downtown New York with Margot Robbie (“Whether you decide to trade stock tips or beauty tips over lunch with the Hollywood star, this is bound to be an unforgettable day”); and spending a year attending star-studded events with Harvey Weinstein.
According to ArtNet, big winners of the event were a Picasso painting, which went for $3.75 million (there was only one on sale, “Femme Assise,” below) and a Jeff Koons’ painting which went for $4 million (again, only one “Gazing Ball (Manet Spanish Singer)”). So it seems like rich people — even when they’re saving the environment — still want to make investments that may one day actually pay off.
Sorry you missed out? There are still a few items where bidding is still open, including going on a safari in Rwanda with Czech supermodel Veronica Varekova (€55,000) and becoming an “honorary member of Muse” (current bid €10,000).