Celebrities and models turned out to support Leonardo DiCaprio’s annual fundraiser last night in the south of France.
The annual bash, held in aid of The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, has donated more than $59million to 112 projects across 48 countries since 2008.
This years auction seen lots donated by the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bono, Martin Scorsese and Harvey Weinstein.
Leonardo convinced his A-lister pals to donate their valuables to the charity auction on behalf of his humanitarian foundation, which was created in 1998 and ‘is dedicated to the long-term health and wellbeing of all Earth’s inhabitants’.
One of the biggest prizes up for grabs was the chance of being Harvey Weinstein’s personal guest to every major society event for a year.
The winner will start the year with invites to the Annual Night Before Academy Awards party hosted by Jeffrey Katzenberg. This will be followed by two tickets to sit at Harvey’s table at the Weinstein Company Nominees Dinner, where the lady attending will receive a ‘one-of-a-kind couture Marchess dress’.
After LA, the winner will go to Cannes for the film festival, where they will have exclusive access to the stars and again sit at Harvey’s table.
One of the most difficult tickets to get each year is for the Met Ball in New York, but the succesfull bidder will have two to enable them to walk the red carpet and sit at Harvey’s table.
Two tickets will also be supplied for the White House Correspondents Dinner, although the resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue who will be delivering the speech will not be confirmed until November.
There are also several artworks by Pablo Picasso going under the hammer, one of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Harley Davidsons, as well as a collection of his cigars,a wardrobe of handmade Giorgio Armani suits and a holiday in Leo’s Palm Springs hotel.
An avid activist for climate control and saving the ecosphere, Leo spoke passionately about his foundation and the difference it has made so far.
“We are currently underway supporting and funding more than 112 cutting-edge projects that directly address our climate crisis while protecting threatened ecosystems, endangered wildlife and indigenous communities in 48 countries and all 5 oceans.
“Significant progress has been made in just the past year. With your help, we expanded our efforts to protect ocean ecosystems from destructive, rampant overfishing, to defend enormous swaths of rainforest against logging, to protect gorillas, elephants and black rhinos in Africa, to empower local indigenous tribes in the Amazon to protect their lands and rights, and to save wild tigers and snow leopards in Asia.”
“Working hand in hand with our partners, local communities and leaders around the globe, we are making a difference.”