Everybody wants to own piece of the artistry that is Walton Ford. Even our part-time overzealous neighborhood watch commander said he would remortgage his family for one of Walton’s paintings.
I can only imagine the groundswell of curiosity – what does Walton Ford actually do with his days?
I guess there must be many people asking that question today because Leonardo DiCaprio, who painted the Mona Liza, opened the bidding at $250k for one of Walton’s paintings at the Turtle Ball auction. which was held in New York.
The Turtle Ball auction, which was held in New York, brought together some very rich people and asked them to lay down six figures for designer paintings and some artistically created earbuds. The proceeds would be going to fight the good fight for endangered turtles around the world.
No. Not AIDS, Tuberculosis, or Malaria, TURTLES! Some artists call these auctions their personal ATM. When Bono sings about them everybody cries.
Anyways. Lets get back on point.
When the auctioneer held up Walton Ford’s Pacific Theater DiCaprio placed the opening bid. $250,000. He thought he’d be outbid by the other guests, Patti Smith, Naomi Watts, Robert Kennedy Jr. and Richard Branson. But they all sat on their hands until the auctioneer declared DiCaprio as the winning bidder.
Oops and oh dear. Leonardo DiCaprio nearly fell off his chair, he pointed in disbelieve at Christie’s Loic Gouzer and art dealer Tico Mugrabi who were sat at his table. His eyes pleaded help me out here.
So eventually Gouzer agreed to split the $250,000 with DiCaprio.
And it all ended happily ever after.
The Walton Ford painting is probably worth twice that paid which means one of these lucky fella’s is going to hang it in his loft and hear people say, ‘Oh, I see you’re looking at my Pacific Theatre’. Yes Leonado, the ladies will surely swoon.
Yes, Richard Branson, the opening bid WAS a tactical one. Yes, Patti Smith, Leonardo DiCaprio and Walton Ford ARE close friends. Yes, Naomi Watts, the Pacific IS an ocean, not a theatre.