Leonardo DiCaprio is in hot demand.
There is a trail of lovely models who can vouch for that fact. But it’s not just the living, breathing version of the Oscar-winning actor that people want to get their hands on. A portrait of Leo just sold for $1.3 million.
The auction went down at the amfAR Cannes gala in the South of France last week. This is a charity that raises money for AIDS research, and they took in seven figures thanks to Leo, who was in Cannes to promote the upcoming film he did with Martin Scorsese, called “Killers of the Flower Moon.” The movie is receiving rave reviews and being called his finest work yet. The audience at the premiere gave it a nine-minute standing ovation, according to The Hollywood Reporter — it was that good.
There was a bidding war for his portrait, and Leo’s mother, Irmelin Indenbirken, was there with him, recording the crazy scene. Damien Hirst is the artist who was hired to do this painting. As for the buyer, well, we know the person is rich, but their name has not been revealed. All we know is that it was a private collector, who not only cut the check for the painting, he also donated the work of art back to amfAR.
To put in perspective how incredible this purchase was, a brand new Aston Martin sports car was the only item that fetched a higher price, selling for $1.6 million.
Another cool item sold that night was a collection of 18 dresses from the biggest fashion houses in the world, including Louis Vuitton, Chanel, and Dior, which brought in $650,000.