Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Art Auction Raises $11 Million for Environmental Causes

  • Leonardo DiCaprio in 2014

    Leonardo DiCaprio in 2014

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Actor Leonardo DiCaprio's annual art benefit auction was held Sept. 15 in Sonoma County, Calif. with a roster of A-list celebrities attending.

The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (LDF) in partnership with Jackson Family Wines, sold 17 lots of experiences, collectibles and artworks by artists Ai Weiwei, David Hockney, Wayne Thiebaud, Richard Prince and Frank Gehry, among others, that raised $11 million for projects addressing climate change and protecting biodiversity. The auction brought the total financial impact of LDF to over $100 million, according to the foundation.

A top lot was Thiebaud’s “A Mountain Split,” and the 97-year-old Northern California artist was given the foundation’s first Art & Environment Award at the fundraiser.

The event was co-hosted by DiCaprio and Laurene Powell Jobs, philanthropist and widow of Apple founder Steve Jobs. Julia Jackson, a second-generation proprietor of Jackson Family Wines and environmental philanthropist, was the co-chair. 

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