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Fly with Leonardo DiCaprio to the moon (for $1 million)


The annual amfAR auction at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc outside of Cannes is known for its extravagant auctions on behalf of AIDS research, but this year the charity event shot into outer space. Leonardo DiCaprio auctioned a space trip in 2015 with him, which sold for 700,000 Euros (almost $1 million).

The party, held Thursday in an outdoor tent that looked like the Golden Globes of France, overflowed with champagne. The gala was attended by 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, who said she had come to Cannes to DJ at parties.

DiCaprio skipped the red carpet, but he was overheard at the start of the event in the men’s restroom making a business deal on his cell phone while standing at the urinal.

In all, the charity raised a record $38 million on the night of its biggest fundraiser of the year.

Highlighting the event was the auctioning off of a series of rare works of art: an 1967 Andy Warhol painting of Marilyn Monroe (350,000 euros), a 1968 Picasso (380,000 euros) and a piece by Damien Hirst that involved coating a 10,000-year mammoth fossil in steel (at 11 million Euros).

Lana del Rey performed the first set of the night. Andrea Bocelli sang “My Way,” a tune dedicated to Elizabeth Taylor (who founded amfAR in 1993). Robin Thicke closed with a melancholy song he wrote when his wife Paula Patton recently asked him for a divorce, as well as his hit “Blurred Lines.”

The DiCaprio moon prize was an item first offered at last year’s auction, but Stone had plenty of new offerings — like a pair of gloves that belonged to designer Karl Lagerfeld (10,000 Euros).

Stone also sold for 350,000 Euros a week on a 183-foot, 11-bedroom yacht (complete with a meditation suite and jacuzzi) where she had been staying during her visit to Cannes.

“Today is the day we can say we have a cure for pediatric AIDS,” Stone said to loud applause. “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,” she promised. By 2020, she predicted a vaccine would exist for HIV/AIDS. Talking to reporters prior to the event, Stone broke into tears as she spoke about the long fight she’s waged for the cause. On the stage, she said the amfAR Cannes event started as a small gathering. It had grown so large, she said it was now just another major festival party, which marked progress.

“I’m exhausted,” Stone said. “I’ve been doing this for 20 years.”

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ilikeandrewbird 23rd-May-2014 02:06 am (UTC)
I wanna go to the moon so bad

Sadly astronaut ice cream is the closest I'll ever get
luckythree3 23rd-May-2014 02:16 am (UTC)
Me too. I still believe I will somehow. Maybe I can get someone to take my ashes up there. 
aurorab0realis 23rd-May-2014 11:51 am (UTC)
I have a gut feeling that I will be going to space some day, which everyone tells me is "cute" but I really actually feel like it's going to happen lol. I would've loved to be a part of the mars project but idk if I could stand being around such a small group of people for a long period.

I also wouldn't really mind dying up there either, it seems kind of poetic to go back to where you came from.
themysterion 23rd-May-2014 02:06 am (UTC)
He's looking rather leathery.
kyoumei 23rd-May-2014 02:09 am (UTC)
Is this going to be like when Lance Bass tried to go to space?
karinette001 23rd-May-2014 02:14 am (UTC)
only 1 million???
luckythree3 23rd-May-2014 02:15 am (UTC)
That is cheap to go to space. 
karinette001 23rd-May-2014 02:20 am (UTC)
mte, I expected 10 million+
leo underestimates the power of outer space smh
liliana_ 23rd-May-2014 10:04 am (UTC)
Right? I would think just a weekend at one of Leo's villas or whatever could go for that.

Clearly these people have no interest in science. Hollywood is so shallow, smh
freemywilly 23rd-May-2014 02:15 am (UTC)
no thanks
galaxized 23rd-May-2014 02:17 am (UTC)
Robin Thicke closed with a melancholy song he wrote when his wife Paula Patton recently asked him for a divorce, as well as his hit “Blurred Lines.”

cackling at the idea of the transition between these
ilikeandrewbird 23rd-May-2014 02:18 am (UTC)
How does Sharon Stone have so much money?
hipster_douche 23rd-May-2014 02:23 am (UTC)
She was a 'yacht girl' allegedly. I think she runs a high class escort service at these events tbh.
luna_incognita 23rd-May-2014 03:35 am (UTC)
oooh elaborate what?
andisprohi 23rd-May-2014 03:56 am (UTC)
Kate Middleton used to be one of those. Allegedly (Kathy Griffin voice). Word is that the guy who owned the yacht got bored with her, let her off at a French port & she just got replaced by other *cough cough* yacht girls
sandstorm 23rd-May-2014 02:32 am (UTC)
If I didn't have to come back to earth, I'd find a way to do it.
callme_morbid 23rd-May-2014 02:34 am (UTC)
~fly me to the moon let me play among the stars~

okay but honestly i would assume it'd be more than $1 m
biebusfan 23rd-May-2014 02:37 am (UTC)
they're sending celebs to space? are they gonna leave them there?
fabouluz 23rd-May-2014 02:41 am (UTC)
I would be terrified to go to space. I know I would die.
squirrelsarerad 23rd-May-2014 02:47 am (UTC)
ugh I want to go to the moon....I can't imagine a more powerful experience than to stand on the moon and look back at Earth.

Unfortunately I'm about $1 million short.
ibreatheglitter 23rd-May-2014 02:47 am (UTC)
I want nothing more than I want to go to space! If I had it I'd pay extra to not have Leo there while I did it though. I don't dislike him, I just wouldn't want to be that close to him during such a spiritual time
papillonsoldier 23rd-May-2014 03:08 am (UTC)
I'm so confused. There are a TON of millionaires...and a trip to the moon only costs like 1 million? So why isn't space travel rampant? And Leo is totally cool with going into space with a stranger? wth is happening right now.

I figured a trip to the moon would cost MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF DOLLARS.
ausstellung 23rd-May-2014 05:08 am (UTC)
The article is confusing, but no one is going to the moon. It sounds like the trip is with that Virgin Galactic flight, which technically does not even go to outer space. Virgin is flying to 50 miles up and "outer space" starts at the Karman Line which is at 62 miles. And that is if Virgin ever gets their shit together, they have been saying they will start flights every year for like 10 years now.

tldr - a moon trip would cost way more than 1 million and currently can not be done by anybody at any price.
cpb1220 23rd-May-2014 06:59 am (UTC)
Aw that's so disappointing. There goes my fantasy of robbing a bank and going to the moon with Leo.
xcollsangelx 23rd-May-2014 03:17 am (UTC)
I'd like to go anywhere with that sweet prince.

babbss 23rd-May-2014 04:42 am (UTC)
oooh snow's outfit there is stunning. what episode is it from?
larrylurker 23rd-May-2014 03:21 am (UTC)
DiCaprio skipped the red carpet, but he was overheard at the start of the event in the men’s restroom making a business deal on his cell phone while standing at the urinal.

lol, "as I watched him shake the last drip of urine from his phallus"

what the hell?
rebeljean 23rd-May-2014 03:42 am (UTC)
earenwe 23rd-May-2014 04:00 am (UTC)
oh my god my jam.
tiltheworldend 23rd-May-2014 03:46 am (UTC)
Oh what I would give to hear the zingers that Sharon said inside the hall

queer_bee 23rd-May-2014 04:54 am (UTC)
So Lana's already in France? I guess she really will be at the Kimye wedding. Ugh. Oh well, get those $$$$$ gurl.
run_atreyu 26th-May-2014 08:05 am (UTC)
Lana del Rey performed the first set of the night. Andrea Bocelli sang “My Way,” a tune dedicated to Elizabeth Taylor (who founded amfAR in 1993). Robin Thicke closed with a melancholy song he wrote when his wife Paula Patton recently asked him for a divorce, as well as his hit “Blurred Lines.”

This would have been better if they'd included a comment on Blurred Lines as they did with the other songs. "Robin Thicke closed with a melancholy song he wrote when his wife Paula Patton recently asked him for a divorce, as well as his hit “Blurred Lines", a soulful look at men's lack of understanding of and complicity with rape culture.
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