Meanwhile Clarke battled Leonardo Dicaprio for Josh Smith’s “Demme” painting, but they both were able to take home a copy of the piece for $80,000 when it was announced that there were two paintings available.
The charitable fete, which benefited the J/P HRO & Disaster Relief Organizations, raised $3.4 million through the auction with $1.5 million of that coming from a bid on Urs Fischer’s artwork “The Bubble.” Thousands were also generated from Madonna’s Rebel Heart silver fringed costume, which Sofia Boutella did a dance number in on stage.
In addition to raising funds, the event, hosted by Sean Penn, also honored Leonardo DiCaprio for his environmental advocacy and work to fight climate change. The Revenant star hit the stage and encouraged everyone to do their part to help save the planet.
“These are obviously incredibly turbulent, scary times, but we’ve overcome these political challenges before,” DiCaprio said. “With all of your help and your generosity we’re going to do it again. As the old saying goes, never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”