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article imageDiCaprio travels to space for AIDS research with Russian fan

By Nancy Houser     May 26, 2013 in Entertainment
Leonardo DiCaprio and 37-year-old Russian Vasily Kylukin, who bid $1.5 million at the 20th amfAR auction to sit next to DiCaprio in space, will board Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic space flight to promote AIDS research.
This helped the record -breaking auction peak at $25 million dollars. Meanwhile, two other seats on the same flight went for $1.8 million. DiCaprio also put up for bid a Chopard watch and two tickets to the premiere AND after-party of Leo's upcoming drama — Wolf on Wall Street --- at a price of $2.3 million.
Kylukin himself spent $517,000 on a diamond and gold necklace for his wife, actress Anna Vishnevskaya, which raised $32.3 million overall on the auction.
Actress Sharon Stone said Vasily Kylukin would spend three days in training with DiCaprio in Mexico before they would take-off.
According to The Asian Age, the space-tourism seat was just one of the 20 events at the 20th annual catalytic amfAR auction (Foundation for AIDS Research) in Cap D' Antibes, France. Located at the French Riviera's exclusive Hotel Du Cap over-looking the sea, two VIP seats were up for bid at the 2014 Oscar awards and a $181,135.92 private acoustic concert for 45 people by Simon Le Bon and by John Taylor of Duran Duran ($517,531.20).
A 20-year attraction of the film and fashion industries' rich and powerful, not only was Leonardo DiCaprio there, but other big name attendees like Nicole Kidman, Paris Hilton, Goldie Hawn, Janet Jackson, singing legend Shirley Bassey, and Kylie Minogue. Meanwhile, Sharon Stone hosted the nearby Cannes Film Festival --- taking over legendary Elizabeth Taylor's previous role as founder and hostess.
"Yes, you can think it's a silly little dinner, you can deride it as full of celebrities dressed up," said Leibovitz, whose photo of Niagara Falls also sold at auction. "But that's missing the point. 80 million dollars amfAR has raised since it began. That's the point. It has saved lives," reports Yahoo!News.
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