Leonardo DiCaprio Is Going To Outer Space With a Random Person. All Together Now, “Whaaat?!”
In things that will make you go, "How? What?! HUH?!?" news, Leonardo DiCaprio is going to outer space with an auction winner. For reals. This makes no sense, among other reasons, because I was under the impression that we live in the year 2014 and not 100 years in the future where space travel is a common occurrence. But apparently if you're Leonardo DiCaprio or an auction bidder with a million dollars, this is something that can happen right now. Another reason this whole thing is crazy pants is because there is hardly any information about the winner, the galactic trip, or how this is even possible. We need to know! If getting your astronaut on with Leo is a possibility in our world, there's needs to be more info!
What we do know is that the trip to the moon (literally, I think?) with DiCaprio was part of amFAR's annual Cinema Against AIDS auction which took place at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc near Cannes on Thursday. According to Variety, the trip will occur in 2015 and the winning bidder paid 700,000 euros or around $1 million. The winning bidder's name has not been revealed. Multiple sources call the prize a "moon trip," but no details are available on the extent of DiCaprio and some anonymous rich person's outer space adventure. Again, how? How is this possible? You can't just throw it out there that DiCaprio is going to the moon and move on. Except that is exactly what is happening.
If all of this sounds familiar, it's because at last year's amFAR auction a similar trip was auctioned off. This one sold for $1.5 million and was a trip with DiCaprio on Virgin Galactic’s SpaceshipTwo. According to the NY Daily News, the "private reusable space plane is still being tested." That prize was won by Russian real estate mogul Vasily Klyukin. That flight has not yet occurred and it is unclear if Klyukin will just be part of the 2015 trip with the new winner or if DiCaprio outer space trips are just auctioned off willy-nilly with no real plans for them to come to fruition.
If that is the case, at least everyone's money is going to a great cause. The benefit raised $38 million with other auctioned items included an Andy Warhol painting of Marilyn Monroe, a piece by Picasso, and a pair of Karl Lagerfeld's gloves.