The global environment is at a tipping point—its 11th hour, if you will—explains Leonardo DiCaprio in his introduction to “The 11th Hour Charity Auction” with Christie’s. Given conservation’s significant positive impact, DiCaprio and his foundation are seeking to ameliorate a system where less than 2 percent of charity goes toward conservation. In an effort to raise money, the Hollywood star and Christie’s will auction off works from 33 of the world’s most famous artists including Banksy, Andreas Gursky, Bharti Kher, Julian Schnabel, Richard Prince, and Mark Ryden, among others. Click through to see some of our favorites in the collection.
Pictured left is a portrait of Leonardo DiCaprio by American artist Elizabeth Peyton. While it evokes the celebrity portraits of Andy Warhol, its intimacy, particularly with the unmistakeable face of DiCaprio, captures the soft yet masculine visage so often seen onscreen. It is expected to sell for between $400,000 and $600,000.