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The A-list star, whose parents named him after da Vinci following a visit to Florence's Uffizi Gallery, collects the heavyweight likes of Jean-Michel Basquiat and Urs Fischer.
But DiCaprio, who for three years now has co-hosted LACMA's glittering Art + Film Gala, made his biggest splash by marrying the collecting impulse with environmental advocacy, raising $38.8 million at a Christie's charity auction for wildlife in May (outstripping auction records for artists Dan Colen, Adam McEwen, Elizabeth Peyton and Rob Pruitt). The actor personally selected the 33 artists (among them, Walton Ford, Schnabel and Banksy), donating his own Andreas Gursky.
"Much like the movies I choose, I never really second-guess the art I like and don't like," he has said. "I just go for it." DiCaprio couldn't resist picking up something for himself: a $700,000 unfinished painting by Takashi Murakami.