ART & COMMERCE | LEONARDO DiCAPRIO AUCTIONS OFF A $6 MILLION GOLDEN UNICORN BY DAMIEN HIRST IN ST. TROPEZ
It seems the mythical creatures of Damien Hirst's laboratory are the hot tickets at charity auctions this season as the British artist's monumental Golden Myth unicorn sculpture was sold for $6 million USD by Leonardo DiCaprio at a star-studded gala auction in Saint Tropez last night. Organized to benefit his eponymous Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation which funds wildlife conservation efforts globally, the event, presided over personally by the noted environmentalist actor, raised a total of $25 million USD from the sale of an array of artwork, including a $1 million Picasso drawing sold to South African billionaire Patrice Motsepe; music memorabilia, including a personal guitar owned by Bono (sold after the singer played it in a duet rendition of Ben E. Cooke's "Stand By Me" with Julien Lennon); and personal items of DiCaprio's, including a Harley autographed by himself & goodfellas Martin Scorsese, and Robert De Niro. Over 500 guests attended the event, including celebs like Jared Leto, Marion Cotillard, Jared Leto, Selena Gomez, Cara Delevingne, Petra Nemcova, and evening entertainers Bono, Robin Thicke, & Julian Lennon. Tickets weren't cheap, ranging between $7,000 and $130,000, but the fleeting hope of catching a glimpse of a drunken post-performace Robin Thicke riding Hirst's golden unicorn into an imaginary world where Paula Patton takes him back were apparently a big driver. Of course, Supertouch was onhand for all the debutante debauchery. Have a look:
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