Auction Alert: Leonardo DiCaprio & Christie's to Hold Charity Sale
Leonardo DiCaprio. Image Courtesy: Reuters
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio, the star of the new film The Great Gatsby and his foundation have teamed up with Christie's for a charity auction next week to benefit environmental causes.
Thirty-three works, many created for and donated to the auction by some of the world's top artists, will go under the hammer today in New York at The 11th Hour Auction, which aims to raise as much as $18 million to protect the last wild places on Earth and their endangered species.
The Art Frat
Zeng Fanzhi's The Tiger, an oil on canvas, and Mark Grotjahn's Untitled (Standard Lotus No. II, Bird of Paradise, Tiger Mouth Face 44.01), an oil on cardboard mounted on canvas, are expected to be among the highlights of the sale. In addition, Bharti Kher's The Skin Speaks a Language Not Its Own, a work on fiberglass, will be going up as well. Each of the three works has a pre-sale estimate of $1.5 million to $2.5 million.
Other artists whose work will be auctioned include Peter Beard, Banksy, Robert Longo, Richard Prince, Rob Pruitt, Ed Ruscha, Julian Schnabel and Elizabeth Peyton.
DiCaprio has donated Ocean V by Andreas Gursky to the auction.
A panel of environmental experts and the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation will decide which innovative conservations projects will benefit from the proceeds of the sale. Loic Gouzer of Christie’s believes it is going to be the biggest one-time environmental fundraiser ever.