Hirst Prince and Koons Help Leo DiCaprio Foundation Raise $30m




The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (LDF) has announced the results of the auction held at his annual gala in Saint-Tropez last week. The successful outcome was helped by A-list artists such as Hirst, Prince, and Koons who generously donated work.

Mr. DiCaprio has supported over 200 environmental projects across all five oceans and in over 50 countries. LDF has galvanized efforts to save countless species from the brink of extinction, expanded protected areas on land and in our oceans, catalyzed a global transition to 100% clean, renewable energy and changed lives for the better in diverse communities around the world. Working hand in hand with our partners, local people and leaders around the globe, they are making a difference.

In a year when Donald Trump scrapped the Paris Accord now more than ever funding is needed

Fundraising opportunities like the Gala Auction are critical to the continued success of their environmental work. Participation in the Gala Auction makes it possible for LDF to continue granting millions of dollars to pioneering individuals and organizations on the front lines environmental conservation and climate advocacy. They are proud of what has been achieved to date, the environmental challenges we face are more urgent than ever before.

This year the Gala Auction, included first rate artworks by Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Jeff Koons.  Urs Fischer, Paul McCarthy, and Richard Prince.  It was an incredible collection of art, unique items, and amazing experiences. In a year where Donald Trump has attempted to scrap the Paris Accord on Climate Change, support is a unique opportunity to help LDF scale up its environmental efforts. The funds raised through this auction will support some truly game changing efforts in the field and help us protect our beautiful home, planet Earth.

Simon de Pury who organised the auction is one of the leading figures in the art market. He is renowned for his deep and longstanding knowledge of the global marketplace and for his legendary performance on the auction podium. At the beginning of 2013, Simon founded, together with his wife Michaela, de Pury de Pury, a company specialising in building collections, consulting established collectors and institutions together with facilitating private transactions of Impressionist, Modern, Post War and Contemporary Art. He is an active charity auctioneer, and over the years has raised hundreds of millions of dollars for a number of charities and cultural institutions.

The fundraising auction gala which took place on Wednesday, July 26 was held in the Domaine Bertaud Belieu vineyard in the Provençal village of Gassin, just outside Saint-Tropez. The red-carpet event, which was attended by celebrities, raised $30 million through a live auction attended by Madonna, Sean Penn, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Lenny Kravitz, Gerard Butler, and,the host Leo DiCaprio ( founder of LDF in 1998 to fund efforts to combat climate change as well as protect endangered ecosystems and species). DiCaprio led the way at the event, kicking off with a speech about his foundation’s mission and some of its recent accomplishments.

View full auction here


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