Bidder buys $1.5 million space date with Leonardo DiCaprio

How much would you pay to get locked in a spaceship with DiCaprio? At an auction to benefit AIDS research, a man buys three days of training and a trip to suborbital space with the "Gatsby" star.

Spacebound: Leonardo DiCaprio acknowledges the audience at the opening of the 66th edition of the Cannes Film Festival. Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images

If you thought $200,000 was a lot to pay for a Virgin Galactic flight to the edge of space, try $1.5 million. Do note, however, that the steep ticket price includes Leo DiCaprio as your travel buddy.

A bidder at a Cannes charity auction agreed to fork out that much for a seat in space beside the star who played flight-mad Howard Hughes in "The Aviator." The money will benefit amfARa Cinema Against AIDS, hosted by amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research.

The winning bid was made by 37-year-old Vasily Klyukin, a Russian living in Monaco, according to Reuters.

"I want to be a bit daring," Klyukin was quoted as saying. "I will have to give up smoking now for sure!"

DiCaprio and Klyukin are expected to board a Virgin Galactic flight along with a bidder who bought two other tickets on the voyage for $2.3 million.

"The Great Gatsby" star would spend three days with Klyukin while training for the trip, host Sharon Stone told the audience.

In a successful test last month, Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo space plane fired its rocket engine and hit Mach 1.2 .

Founder Sir Richard Branson said the vehicle's key components had been proven, adding he expects "full space flight" by the end of 2013.

The auction at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in France's Cap d'Antibes raised some $25 million for AIDS research and also auctioned off a private performance by Duran Duran, as well as a family portrait sitting with photographer Annie Leibovitz.

(Via The Hollywood Reporter)

 

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