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ARTICLE #1 | ART WORLD-ART NET NEWSLETTER | Leonardo DiCaprio Nabs Walton Ford Painting for $250,000 at Charity Auction | By Henri Neuendorf, Wednesday, September 30, 2015 (Leonardo DiCaprio and artist Walton Ford are close friends) Photo: earthstrongtt.org
Known art collector and Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio was reportedly caught off guard after bidding $250,000 on Walton Ford's Pacific Theater (2015) at a charity auction benefiting endangered turtles.
The New York Post, which has the story, reported that the actor's arm shot up as soon as auctioneer Fisher Stevens opened bidding on the painting at New York's Bowery Hotel on Monday.
DiCaprio who already owns three works by the artist was, according to the report, expecting more competition for the piece, which was said to be valued at $500,000. Ford's record at auction is held by Bitter Gulfs, a large watercolor that sold for $1.4 million at Christie's in 2014.
But in a room full of bidders including wealthy collectors and celebrities such as Ted Danson, Richard Branson, Patti Smith, Naomi Watts, Liev Schreiber, and Robert Kennedy Jr., the actor was the only one to show an interest in the artwork.
ARTICLE #2 | 5 Fabulous Art Destinations to Visit on the Côte d'Azur this Summer
By Hili Perlson, Friday, August 21, 2015 | Photo:The French Mediterranean coast
Every summer, the siren call of the French Riviera lures the world's rich and famous who flock to the Côte d'Azur in their mega yachts. The season unofficially begins with Leonardo DiCaprio's annual fundraiser in St. Tropez (which raised a record $40 million this year) and runs through the end of August. But south-east France is more than just a summertime playground for the billionaires club, it is also speckled with exciting art destinations, many of which only recently opened. Home to a new sculpture garden, numerous museums, and important festivals, it is high time to look at the best art destinations along the French Mediterranean coastline.
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