DiCaprio Foundation auctioning millions of dollars worth of art
If you’re passionate about fine art or the environment and have money to spare, you’re in luck.
The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation is celebrating 20 years of environmental activism Saturday with a zero-waste live auction benefit hosted by Boston-based Invaluable, an online market for fine art and other collectibles.
Among the 14 works of art up for grabs is artist Wayne Thiebaud’s “Mountain Split” painting, for which the opening bid is $3 million. Also available are Ai Weiwei’s steel bicycle sculpture, starting at $650,000, and Matthew Wong’s “Great Wave” painting, with the lowest starting bid in the auction at $10,000.
The auction was curated by Lisa Schiff of SFA Advisory.
The foundation, established in 1998 by Oscar-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio, organizes campaigns, grants, and media projects to raise awareness and funding for environmental causes.
The money raised by the auction, which will start at 12:30 a.m. EST, will go toward projects addressing climate change and protecting biodiversity, according to a statement. The auction on Invaluable is the live online version of the in-person auction that will take place in Sonoma, Calif. The West Coast event will be hosted by DiCaprio and Laurene Powell Jobs, the founder of Emerson Collective, a social justice organization.
“A lot of people aren’t going to make their way over to Sonoma for the event, so the main way to do it, really, is online, so it’s pretty cool that people get to do that,” said Andrew Gully, a spokesman for Invaluable.
Other works available in the auction include paintings, a looped digital file presented on a flat-screen monitor, and sculptures of various subjects.