Leonardo DiCaprio, Christie's Raise Whopping $38.8 Million at Auction
UPDATED: The 11th Hour charity event, benefiting environmental and wildlife conservation efforts, saw 13 individual artist records broken.
The 11th Hour charity auction benefiting the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation's environmental and wildlife conservation efforts reportedly brought in a staggering $38.8 million Monday night.
DiCaprio, who is currently starring in The Great Gatsby, teamed up with Christie's to co-host what the auction house's chairman Brett Gorvy recently called "the most important environmental charity ever staged."
Thirty-three works by contemporary artists including Ed Ruscha, Julian Schnabel, Banksy, Elizabeth Peyton, Takashi Murakami and Raymond Pettibon were on the block, with many fetching record prices.
According to Christie's Twitter feed, the event saw 13 world auction records for individual artists, including Mark Grotjahn's Untitled (which sold for $6.51 million), Sterling Ruby's SP231 ($1.785 million), Pettibon's No Title (The Lower Half...) ($1.575 million), Robert Longo's Untitled (Leo) ($1.575 million) and Peyton's Leonardo ($1.05 million).
Among the stars in attendance were DiCaprio's Gatsby co-star and close friend Tobey Maguire, who put in the winning bid for Sergej Jensen's Untitled ($262,500, another artist record).
Bradley Cooper, Mark Ruffalo and Salma Hayek were also in attendance.
With a final tally of $38.8 million, the event pulled in more than double the $18 million that organizers were originally aiming to raise.
The money will be earmarked for conservation projects, selected by the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, that protect key ocean- and land-based ecosystems, as well as to engage local communities to protect their natural resources.
DiCaprio himself donated one work, Andreas Gursky's Ocean V.
"Despite the significant efforts of organizations and individuals all over the world, our modern way of life has caused unprecedented devastation to our oceans, our forests and our wildlife," DiCaprio said in a statement. "Each of these natural systems is critical to our way of life: They provide us with the food that we eat, the air that we breathe and the natural resources we need to survive. The time to protect them is long overdue. I am very grateful to Christie's, Loic Gouzer [International Specialist and head of the sale] and the artists who contributed great works of art for making this auction possible."