At 11:30 pm. on Thursday in the South of France, the amfAR Cannes gala quietly welcomed one of the biggest movie stars in the world to dinner in a tent off the Mediterranean Sea, writes Variety. Leonardo DiCaprio had been missing for several years at the glitzy charity auction that marks the end of partying at the Cannes Film Festival, but this year, he brought a date — his mom, Irmelin Indenbirken. Cannes 2023: Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert Di Nero’s Film Killers of The Flower Moon Gets a Nine- Minute Standing Ovation.
Leo, who came to Cannes with Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon, took the back entrance into the party, skipping the red carpet packed with European influencers and socialites taking selfies in ballgowns that looked like prom dresses, continues Variety. At around midnight, the charity devoted to raising money for AIDS research unveiled a one-of-a-kind portrait of DiCaprio. Two men rolled the large canvas of art onstage, as if they were handling the Mona Lisa.
This was not a gag — it was, in fact, actually valuable, notes Variety. According to the auctioneer, Damien Hirst had been commissioned to paint the Titanic star. Then, some time later, the painting was sold to a private collector, who had donated it back to amfAR to give someone else the opportunity to hang Leo in their living room, adds Variety. As the bids flew, DiCaprio’s mom stood up with her phone to film all the rich people fighting over a portrait of her son. She looked ecstatic as the final bid was called. Sold! For $1.3 million. Leonardo DiCaprio Is Not Dating 19-Year-Old Israeli Model Eden Polani After Being Seen Together.
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Leonardo DiCaprio’s mom (in yellow) excitedly takes video on her phone as a Damien Hirst portrait of her son is auctioned off for 1.2 million euros at amfAR #Cannes2023. pic.twitter.com/mAnCYMVkX0
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As the night emceed by Queen Latifah progressed, Eva Longoria and James Marsden proved to be two of the more successful presenters. They helped pump up the bidding for the new Aston Martin sports car, the DB12, that fetched $1.6 million.
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