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A space trip with Leonardo DiCaprio? A snip at $4 million

Published 24/05/2013 | 12:38

Sharon Stone and Nicole Kidman at amfAR's 20th Annual Cinema Against AIDS auctioning the Leonardo Di Caprio space seats
Sharon Stone and Nicole Kidman at amfAR's 20th Annual Cinema Against AIDS auctioning the Leonardo Di Caprio space seats
Fagun Thakrar attends amfAR's 20th Annual Cinema Against AIDS during The 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival
Olivia Palermo attends amfAR's 20th Annual Cinema Against AIDS during The 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival
Model Katharina Damm
Model Izabel Goulart attends amfAR's 20th Annual Cinema Against AIDS
Eva Herzigova attends amfAR's 20th Annual Cinema Against AIDS
Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran perfoms on stage with models at amfAR's 20th Annual Cinema Against AIDS
Nick Rhodes of Duran Duran attends amfAR's 20th Annual Cinema Against AIDS
Lara Lieto and actor Adrien Brody attend amfAR's 20th Annual Cinema Against AIDS
Kylie Minogue attends amfAR's 20th Annual Cinema Against AIDS
Heidi Klum attends amfAR's 20th Annual Cinema Against AIDS
Stacy Keibler attends amfAR's 20th Annual Cinema Against AIDS
Actress Audrey Tautou attends amfAR's 20th Annual Cinema Against AIDS
Kristin Scott Thomas attends amfAR's 20th Annual Cinema Against AIDS
Janet Jackson attends amfAR's 20th Annual Cinema Against AIDS
Dita Von Teese and Sharon Stone speak on stage at amfAR's 20th Annual Cinema Against AIDS
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Dita Von Teese speak on stage at amfAR's 20th Annual Cinema Against AIDS
Selita Ebanks attends amfAR's 20th Annual Cinema Against AIDS

Two mystery Leonardo fans each bid $1.9 million to secure a pair of seats on the Virgin Galactic's space flight

Earlier this week it was reported that the actor had put his name to one of the biggest prizes at the amfAR gala in Cannes.

Australian actress and member of the Feature Film Jury Nicole Kidman poses on May 23, 2013 as she arrives for the screening of the film 'Nebraska' presented in Competition at the 66th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes. Cannes, one of the world's top film festivals, opened on May 15 and will climax on May 26 with awards selected by a jury headed this year by Hollywood legend Steven Spielberg.
Australian actress and member of the Feature Film Jury Nicole Kidman poses on May 23, 2013 as she arrives for the screening of the film 'Nebraska' presented in Competition at the 66th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes. Cannes, one of the world's top film festivals, opened on May 15 and will climax on May 26 with awards selected by a jury headed this year by Hollywood legend Steven Spielberg.
Australian singer Kylie Minogue poses on May 23, 2013 as she arrives for the amfAR's 20th Annual Cinema Against AIDS during the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d'Antibes, southern France.
Spanish actress Paz Vega poses on May 23, 2013 as she arrives for the amfAR's 20th Annual Cinema Against AIDS during the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d'Antibes, southern France.
US burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese (L) wears a necklace to be auctioned off as she stands on stage on May 23, 2013 with US actress Sharon Stone during the amfAR's 20th Annual Cinema Against AIDS during the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d'Antibes, southern France.
US actress and model Stacy Keibler poses on May 23, 2013 as she arrives for the amfAR's 20th Annual Cinema Against AIDS during the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d'Antibes, southern France.
US actress Sharon Stone (C) speaks on May 23, 2013 while on stage with US producer Harvey Weinstein (L) and Australian actress Nicole Kidman during the amfAR's 20th Annual Cinema Against AIDS during the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d'Antibes, southern France.
US actress Sharon Stone has tears in her eyes as she arrives on May 23, 2013 for the amfAR's 20th Annual Cinema Against AIDS during the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d'Antibes, southern France.
Australian singer Kylie Minogue (R) and her ex partner, Spanish model Andres Velencoso in 2013
Olivia Palermo (R) and husband Johannes Huebl
US actress Goldie Hawn poses on May 23, 2013 as she arrives for the amfAR's 20th Annual Cinema Against AIDS during the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d'Antibes, southern France.
Czech model Karolina Kurkova poses on May 23, 2013 as she arrives for the amfAR's 20th Annual Cinema Against AIDS during the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d'Antibes, southern France.
(From L) Ian Keaggy, Nash Overstreet, Ryan Follese and Jamie Follese of US band Hot Chelle Rae pose on May 23, 2013 as they arrive for the amfAR's 20th Annual Cinema Against AIDS during the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d'Antibes, southern France.
Swedish model Victoria Silvstedt poses on May 23, 2013 as she arrives for the amfAR's 20th Annual Cinema Against AIDS during the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d'Antibes, southern France.
US actress Rosario Dawson and US actor Adrian Brody attend the amfAR's 20th Annual Cinema Against AIDS on May 23, 2013 during on the sidelines of the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d'Antibes, southern France.
Puerto Rican model Joan Smalls poses on May 23, 2013 as she arrives for the amfAR's 20th Annual Cinema Against AIDS during the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d'Antibes, southern France.
US heiress and model Paris Hilton (L) and her partner River Viiperi arrive on May 23, 2013 for the amfAR's 20th Annual Cinema Against AIDS during the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d'Antibes, southern France.
US actress Sharon Stone (C) speaks on stage on May 23, 2013 surrounded by models during the amfAR's 20th Annual Cinema Against AIDS during the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d'Antibes, southern France.
British socialite and model Tamara Ecclestone (R) and her partner Jay Rutland pose on May 23, 2013 as they arrive for the amfAR's 20th Annual Cinema Against AIDS during the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d'Antibes, southern France.
Italian fashion journalist Anna Dello Russo poses on May 23, 2013 as she arrives for the amfAR's 20th Annual Cinema Against AIDS during the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d'Antibes, southern France.
British singer Nicola Roberts poses on May 23, 2013 as she arrives for the amfAR's 20th Annual Cinema Against AIDS during the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d'Antibes, southern France.
US singer Janet Jackson poses on May 23, 2013 as she arrives for the amfAR's 20th Annual Cinema Against AIDS during the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d'Antibes, southern France.
US actress Jessica Chastain poses on May 23, 2013 as she arrives for the amfAR's 20th Annual Cinema Against AIDS during the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d'Antibes, southern France.
Brazilian model Alessandra Ambrosio poses on May 23, 2013 as she arrives for the amfAR's 20th Annual Cinema Against AIDS during the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d'Antibes, southern France.
British singer Shirley Bassey performs on May 23, 2013 during the amfAR's 20th Annual Cinema Against AIDS during the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d'Antibes, southern France.
US burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese poses on May 23, 2013 as she arrives for the amfAR's 20th Annual Cinema Against AIDS during the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d'Antibes, southern France.
French actress Audrey Tautou poses on May 23, 2013 as she arrives to attend the amfAR's 20th Annual Cinema Against AIDS during the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d'Antibes, southern France.
French model Julia Restoin Roitfeld poses on May 23, 2013 as she arrives for the amfAR's 20th Annual Cinema Against AIDS during the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d'Antibes, southern France.
Czech model Petra Nemcova poses on May 23, 2013 as she arrives for the amfAR's 20th Annual Cinema Against AIDS during the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d'Antibes, southern France.

 

Up for grabs was the chance to take a trip on Virgin Galactic's space flight accompanied by Leonardo.

The auction took place at the Hotel du Cap in France last night and the space trip raised almost $4 million for charity.

Places on the world's first commercial space trip usually cost around $200,000, however this journey was described as "priceless" since the passenger will have the pleasure of Leonardo's company as they leave Earth behind.

 

Virgin boss Richard Branson is hoping to start launching flights at the end of the year.

The space trip wasn’t the only prize involving Leonardo that attracted a great deal of interest. Also on offer was the chance to attend the premiere of the 38-year-old’s new movie The Wolf of Wall Street with him. That went for an impressive $1.5 million.

Guests also splashed out on prizes that gave them admission to one of the glitziest Oscar parties next year.

Organisers decided not to reveal the names of the lucky bidders raising money for the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS event.

The gala, hosted by Sharon, also welcomed Jessica Chastain, Janet Jackson, Milla Jovovich and Goldie Hawn, with performances by Duran Duran and Shirley Bassey, who sang Goldfinger.

 

Luxury prizes up for auction included an Andy Warhol lithograph of Elizabeth Taylor, a chance to have a family portrait taken by photographer Annie Leibovitz, a week in fashion designer Donna Karan's Caribbean hideaway and a shimmering 53-carat diamond necklace.

 

Annie said: "Yes, you can think it's a silly little dinner, you can deride it as full of celebrities dressed up. But that's missing the point. Eighty million dollars amfAR has raised since it began. That's the point. It has saved lives."

 

Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein told the crowd that while two decades ago the illness was a "looming plague," a cure might well be seen within "our lifetime".

 

amfAR put on a catwalk show at the gala for the second year, featuring 38 gold and black looks from designers such as Dior, Chanel, Lanvin and Prada, worn by models including Karlie Kloss, Karolina Kurkova, Angela Lindvall and Alessandra Ambrosio.

 

Guests were wowed by a custom gold embroidered long-sleeved gown from Valentino, and a custom gold pleated minidress from Givenchy. All the dresses went to a single bidder, selling in just a couple of minutes for 1.56 million dollars.

 

This year's Cannes has seen two jewellery heists so far, one of which was the theft of a two million euro necklace.

 

Actress Milla said: "I'm going to be watching how much champagne I drink, because you never know, somebody might come up and just shwoop, take it off."

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