Last we heard from Leonardo DiCaprio, actor and founding member of the Pussy Posse, he was investing in a mattress company for god knows what reason (sex), and riding CitiBikes around Manhattan with his new model paramour, Kelly Rohrbach, which would seem to suggest that Leo has been having an uncharacteristically lowkey summer. Hm.
How stupid we’d be to believe that.
Recent sightings of Leo may have placed him on a camping trip in Pond Inlet, a predominantly Inuit community in northern Canada near Greenland, and of course there’s no doubt that beard maintenance and vape life have occupied his time. But it turns out that Leo, while putting on the airs of a person who forgot to go home from Coachella, has secretly been up to something bigger this entire time—for years, he’s been in the business of admiring and owning beautiful things. Our man Leo is a world-renowned art-lover.
Each year, ARTnews Magazine publishes the Top 200, a list of two hundred magnificently wealthy people who rank as the world’s top collectors of art. Did you know that, in addition to guaranteeing a decent baseline model percentage at all times, Leo is now also, according to ARTNews Magazine, “one of the world’s most prolific art collectors”?
One of his first major purchases was a Basquiat drawing, and over the years DiCaprio has acquired works by Egon Schiele, Pablo Picasso, Andreas Gursky, Takashi Murakami, Ed Ruscha, Elizabeth Peyton, Sarah Lucas (he bought one of the works in her 2015 Venice Biennale show at the British Pavilion), and other major names.
Sound too good to be true? The magazine notes that DiCaprio is “named after Leonardo da Vinci,” which explains it.
O.K. So now we know Leonardo “da” Caprio loves art. What kind of art does he collect? Again, from the magazine:
Collecting area: COMICS, CONTEMPORARY ART, FOSSILS, RARE BOOKS
Fossils and comics.
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