Actor Leonardo DiCaprio and his foundation has teamed up with Christie’s for a charity auction set for next week that is set to benefit the environment.
A total of thirty three art pieces many of which were specifically created for and donated to the auction will go under the hammer next Monday in New York at the 11th Hour Auction. The auction is seeking to raise at least $18 million to protect the last wild places on earth and also the endangered species.
International specialist at Christie’s Loic Gouzer said, ‘A lot of the works of this quality have never been at auction. We have what we believe are conservative estimates.’ Among the works up for auction are Zeng Fanzhi’s ‘The Tiger,’ an oil on canvas, Bharti Kher’s ‘The Skin Speaks a Language Not Its Own,’ a work on fiberglass, and Mark Grotjahn’s ‘Untitled (Standard Lotus No. II, Bird of Paradise, Tiger Mouth Face 44.01), an oil on cardboard mounted on canvas.
Each of the three reportedly has a pre-sale estimate of $1.5 million to $2.5 million. Works from Peter Beard, Banksy, Robert Longo, Richard Prince, Rob Pruitt, Ed Ruscha, Julian Schnabel and Elizabeth Peyton will all be on auction.
DiCaprio has also donated a piece to the auction, “Ocean V” by Andreas Gursky. Environmental experts and Leonardo DiCaprio’s Foundation will determine which projects will benefit from the proceeds of the sale.