Art Registry World

ART WORLD NEWS


Submit Art News

Takashi Murakami, Mononoke (2013). Photo: christies.com
date:2016-03-02 06:44:26

At this same auction, DiCaprio bid on Takashi Murakami's Mononoke(2013), which he bought for $735,000.

Pablo Picasso, Fillette (1939-40). Photo: gmurzynska.com
date:2016-03-02 06:43:23

At Art Basel in Miami Beach in December, DiCaprio consulted with his dealer friend David Nahmad on a Picasso drawing on view, presumably at Zurich-based Galerie Gmurzynska, who boasted a drawing entitled Fillette(1939) by the Spanish master and whose booth was a celebrity magnet at the fair.

A Picasso drawing also featured as an item at Leonardo's charity gala in Saint-Tropez this past August (see Billionaire Buys $1 Million Picasso Sketch at Leonardo DiCaprio Gala). And that's not all—DiCaprio was seen peering over the glass sky-box of a Picasso-heavy Sotheby's sale in May of this year (see Erratic Bidding at Sotheby's $219 Million Sale of Impressionist and Modern Art). Seems like the actor has a thing for the Spanish artist.

Oscar Murillo, Untitled (Drawings off the wall) (2011). Photo: phillips.com
date:2016-03-02 06:42:36

DiCaprio was seen perusing the Philips auction sale “Under the Influence," where Oscar Murillo set a personal record of $401,000 with his Untitled (Drawings off the wall) (2011). Vanity Fair has suggested that the sale might have belonged to the hat-bearing actor.

Walton Ford, The Tigress (2013). Photo: paulkasmingallery.com
date:2016-03-02 06:41:41

At a Berlin exhibition a few years ago, DiCaprio discovered Walton Ford's watercolors. The painter's depictions of extinct and endangered species like the elephant bird or the Tasmanian tiger, match DiCaprio's own concern for environmental protection. Walton Ford is represented by Paul Kasmin Gallery in New York. His work also featured in DiCaprio's Christie's sale.

Robert Crumb, Mr. Natural (1976). Photo:comicartfans.com
date:2016-03-02 06:41:03

In an April 2013 interview with the Wall Street Journal, DiCaprio relays that his father introduced him to Los Angeles-based illustrative artists Robert Williams and Robert Crumb in the 1970's and 1980's. We wouldn't be surprised if Leo has coveted some of their earlier cartoons as part of a childhood memorabilia collection.

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled (Boxing Ring) (1981). Photo: acquavellagalleries.com
date:2016-03-02 06:39:40

One of the actor's first important purchases was a Jean-Michel Basquiat drawing, though which one it is hasn't been confirmed.

“In New York, Andy Warhol, Basquiat, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were the guys who were big in the 1980's when I began to understand art better. They were my heroes, and I've continued to be a huge admirer of Basquiat," DiCaprio told the Wall Street Journal.

He was also seen previewing the Brant Foundation's Andy Warhol exhibition in May 2013 with mega-dealer Helly Nahmad. He may have laid his hand on a few choice Warhols as well.

"Metropolis" (1927). Heinz Schulz-Neudamm design minus the German writing. Photo: theguardian.com
date:2016-03-02 06:38:23

DiCaprio has admitted to collecting vintage movie posters from the golden era of Hollywood. These rare lithograph prints were used as wall advertisements and can fetch up to $700,000. It is believed that DiCaprio purchased this Metropolis poster for $690,000 in 2005.

Ed Ruscha, Standard Station (1966). Photo: lacma.org
date:2016-03-02 06:37:22

Robert Williams introduced DiCaprio to other LA artists, Ed Ruscha, Todd Schorr, and Mark Ryden. It wouldn't be surprising if this throng of talent is represented in his private collection, especially the works of Ed Ruscha and Mark Ryden, who also featured in the actor's Christie's sale.