Leonardo DiCaprio at the Leicester Square premiere of The Wolf of Wall Street, January 9, 2014
The acclaimed and widely celebrated actor is no stranger to the art world. He is spotted regularly at major auctions all over the world and has recently orchestrated an auction at Christie’s. The Wolf of Wall Street actor has developed an acute eye for up-and coming artists and has put together a rather impressive collection of works. The Leonardo DiCaprio Art collection is likely to feature some major works by some of the biggest names in art. With some recent purchases that have become public knowledge, and others which remain more private, we take a look at the works we know are in Leonardo DiCaprio’s ever-growing collection and others that he is likely to have snapped up.
Jean-Pierre Roy – Nachlass, 2015
One of the actor’s most recent purchases was at the latest edition of PULSE Art Fair, New York, which took place earlier this month. The gallery confirmed that DiCaprio bought the artwork over the phone, having spotted it on the gallerie’s Instagram page earlier that day. The work itself is by Brooklyn based aritst Jean-Pierre Roy, who is an up and coming contemporary artist, also featured in a number of other private collections including that of Bjorn Borg.
Frank Stella – Double Grey Scramble, 1973
Known for visiting other fairs, DiCaprio snapped up this piece in December, at Art Basel in Miami Beach. The important work was featured by the Marianne Boesky Gallery, and was bought by the actor for close to $1 Million. The gallery is usually known for carrying Stella’s later stainless steel sculptures, this work represent the artists earlier period and concentric squares work. This earlier work is characterised by bold and colourful geometric shapes.
Takashi Murakami, Mononoke, 2013
The “11th Hour Sale” at Christie’s, which the actor organised, saw DiCaprio buy this work by Murakami for $735,000. The actor raised millions for charity in the successful sale but didn’t purchase much himself. Although it is thought that the auction betrayed his artistic inclinations, an artist that definitely fits into the actor’s contemporary taste is Murakami, a Japanese contemporary artist whose work is on the rise.
The actor is known to have shown great interest in works by this Spanish master. At Art Basel in Miami Beach in December, DiCaprio consulted with dealer friend David Nahmad on a Picasso drawing on view at the fair. It is not known exactly which drawing this was or if he eventually bought the piece but it is rumoured to be Pablo Picasso’s Fillette (1929-40), which was featured at the fair by Zurich based Galerie Gmurzynska. On a number of occasions he has been linked with Picasso’s work, including a $1 Million sale at his charity gala in Saint-Tropez, and was spotted at a Sotheby’s $219 Million sale of Impressionist and Modern Art. We think it’s safe to say there might be a few Picasso works in the Leonardo DiCaprio art collection.
Vintage Movie Posters – “Metropolis”, 1927
DiCaprio has himself admitted to collecting vintage movie posters from the golden era of Hollywood. We can only guess that being in the movie business himself, the actor has taken an interest in its history and shown an interest in representing that in his private collection. The rare lithograph prints were used as wall advertisements to promote the films and can fetch a high price at auction. It is believed that the actor purchased this Metropolis poster for $690,000 in 2005.
It is known that one of DiCaprio’s first important purchases in the art world was a Jean-Michel Basquiat drawing. It hasn’t been confirmed which drawing this was but the artist himself has confessed his admiration for the artists work. He stated, “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”, during an interview with the Wall Street Journal. This should also give a clue to some of the other artists in his collection.
Leonardo da Vinci
In that same interview with the Wall Street Journal, the actor spoke about where he got his first name. It was revealed that his parents visited the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, where a number of works by da Vinci are housed. DiCaprio later returned to the gallery himself to view the works that were on display. Of notable view at the gallery is the work Annunciation, 1475. Although it might be a stretch for the actor to own a piece by da Vinci, with a recently undiscovered work valued at £120 Million, we’re sure that he’s an admirer.