The Wolf of Art Basel! Leonardo DiCaprio spends almost an hour bargaining over $850K Basquiat drawing
Leonardo DiCaprio isn’t opposed to a bit of bargaining.
The A-lister, 43, engaged in a 45-minute negotiation over Wire, an illustration by the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, on Wednesday during Art Basel Miami, according to The New York Post.
The Wolf of Wall Street star and officials with the New York-based art gallery Van de Weghe were holed up in a private room at the Miami Beach Convention Center attempting to iron out the details at a VIP preview, according to the newspaper.
An eyewitness told the paper that the Academy Award-winning star of The Revenant was spotted with art expert Lisa Schiff, looking ‘like they had a plan beforehand’ when it came to the Basquiat work.
Officials ‘brought the work into a private room with Leo, the adviser, and slowly the hat-clad entourage also poured in,’ the eyewitness said. ‘Two blonde models who looked very much Leo’s type came and talked to his posse for a bit.’
DiCaprio eventually exited the room and browsed at other work while Schiff stayed to work on the details, the paper reported. She was heard reassuring him, ‘We are good, we’re getting there,’ when she had a later pow-wow with the film star.
DiCaprio sought to keep a low profile at the art exhibition, as he wore a black hooded zip-up sweater and a baseball cap, sporting a thick goatee.
The staunch environmentalist was seen milling around booths of the galleries Acquavella, Hauser & Wirth, Luhring Augustine, Max Hetzler, Metro Pictures and White Cube.
Other notable names spotted at the annual showcase, the paper reported, included Leo’s fellow A-lister Brad Pitt, ex-Victoria’s Secret model Frederique van der Wal and ex-NBA star Amar’e Stoudemire.
Wire, produced by Basquiat in 1983, is a side sketch of a man with labels affixed to his teeth, knee, stomach, scapula and liver. In a titular reference, there’s a quote that reads, ‘Keep your hands off that wire.’
Basquiat, who was based out of Brooklyn, died of a heroin overdose in 1988 at 27. His work primarily focused on social, racial and political issues.