If you’ve ever wanted to go into space with Leonardo DiCaprio, it appear you’ve missed your chance. On Thursday night amFAR (American Foundation For AIDS Research) took over Cannes with an incredibly starry Cinema Against Aids gala. It also included an auction, where the monied classes were asked to reach as deep as they can for some rather unique things.
One of those things was a trip into space with Leo! He was on hand to auction it off, with the top bidder shelling out 700,000 euroes for the opportunity to get on one of the first Virgin Galactic commercial space strips with the Hollywood A-lister, which are due to take off next year.
The trip topped other prestigious lots, including a 1967 Andy Warhol painting of Marilyn Monroe which went for 350,000 euros and a 1968 Picasso 380,000 euros. However everything paled in comparison to a gilded mammoth skeleton by Damien Hirst which sold for 11m euros.
Guests at the event included amfAR chairs Sharon Stone, Harvey Weinstein, Milla Jovovich, Heidi Klum and John Travolta, as well as A-list guests Jane Fonda, Jessica Chastain, Marion Cotillard, Rosario Dawson, Justin Bieber, Michelle Rodriguez, Gael Garcia Bernal, Adrian Grenier, Kellan Lutz and Paris Hilton.
At the gala, Stone said on stage, “Today is the day we can say we have a cure for pediatric AIDS. There were many times we came here over the years where we’re failing. Now we are in the beginning of the end of AIDS.”