Leonardo DiCaprio space trip fetches $1.5 million at amfAR auction
How much would you pay for a trip to space with Leonardo DiCaprio?
One person reportedly bid $1.5 million at amfAR's Cinema Against AIDS XX gala at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival for the chance to go with "The Great Gatsby" star on a Virgin Galactic space flight, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The winning bidder was not identified. Another pair of tickets on the flight was auctioned off for $1.8 million. A spokesperson for DiCaprio had no immediate comment to OTRC.com about the auction or when he will reportedly take the space flight.
The money will go to amfAR, a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to AIDS research. The auction was held on Thursday, May 23, and raised nearly $25 million. DiCaprio was in attendance, the newspaper reports.
A private performance by Duran Duran and a portrait sitting with photographer Annie Leibovitz were just some of the items auctioned off at the benefit.
Virgin Galactic is a part of billionaire Richard Branson's Virgin Group and it is a commercial space tourism venture. The company's first commercial space flight with paying passengers is set to launch on December 25, Branson told reporters earlier this month, according to the New Zealand news outlet TVNZ.
"Tonight in Cannes we've made AIDS history. We've made $25 million with the very people who seeded the pediatric AIDS fund. We're grateful, and we're grateful to that one little girl in Mississippi who was our first child cured," actress Sharon Stone, who is amfAR's Global Fundraising Chairman, said in a statement. "To you, we dedicate this evening, because you are the girl who's taking us forward into the future, when this cure will be here not only for the 330,000 children who have AIDS, but the 34 million people who are living with AIDS. Tonight is for you. We love you. Our hope belongs to you."
Many celebrities attended the event including Nicole Kidman, Rosario Dawson, Goldie Hawn, Stacy Keibler, Zachary Quinto, Jeremy Renner, Kristin Scott Thomas, Jessica Chastain, and Christoph Waltz.