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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Bono and Lennon stand by Leo's green campaign

Published 25/07/2014 | 02:30

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Bono and Leonardo Dicaprio speak onstage during the Leonardo Dicaprio Foundation Inaugurational Gala at Domaine Bertaud Belieu on July 23, 2014 in Saint-Tropez, France.  (Photo by Pierre Suu/French Select/Getty Images)
Bono and Leonardo Dicaprio speak onstage during the Leonardo Dicaprio Foundation Inaugurational Gala at Domaine Bertaud Belieu on July 23, 2014 in Saint-Tropez, France. (Photo by Pierre Suu/French Select/Getty Images)
Bono and Julian Lennon perform on stage during the Leonardo Dicaprio Foundation Launch at Domaine Bertaud Belieu on July 23, 2014 in Saint-Tropez, France.  (Photo by Dominique Charriau/French Select/Getty Images)
Bono and Julian Lennon perform on stage during the Leonardo Dicaprio Foundation Launch at Domaine Bertaud Belieu on July 23, 2014 in Saint-Tropez, France. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/French Select/Getty Images)
Selena Gomez attends the Leonardo Dicaprio Foundation Launch at Domaine Bertaud Belieu on July 23, 2014 in Saint-Tropez, France.  (Photo by Dominique Charriau/French Select/Getty Images)
Selena Gomez attends the Leonardo Dicaprio Foundation Launch at Domaine Bertaud Belieu on July 23, 2014 in Saint-Tropez, France. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/French Select/Getty Images)

U2FRONTMAN Bono rocked out with Beatle John Lennon's son Julian at an exclusive fundraising gala at the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation's inaugural fundraising gala in Saint-Tropez this week.

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The duo performed a rendition of 'Stand By Me' before playing a few riffs.

Actors Marion Cotillard, Jared Leto and Joan Collins, model Cara Delevingne and singer Robin Thicke were among VIP guests.

Bono donated one of his guitars to the charity auction which saw US businessman Len Blavatnik take home a Damien Hirst sculpture entitled 'Golden Myth' for $6 million (€4m).

Walk-on

A Harley-Davidson motorcycle signed by DiCaprio, movie director Martin Scorsese and actor Robert De Niro went for more than $673,000 (€500,000), while another bidder spent $2.4m (€1.8m) for a walk-on role in DiCaprio's next movie.

It is believed close to $25m (€19m) was raised from the auction.

Oscar-nominated actor DiCaprio established the foundation in 1998 to raise awareness for the environment.

"We are facing a tipping point of environmental crises unprecedented in human history," DiCaprio said at the event.

"Not since the age of the dinosaurs have so many species of plants and animals become extinct in such a short period of time."

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