A Trip to Outer Space with Leonardo DiCaprio Will Cost Your Bank Account $1.5 Million

Posted in Banking , Entertainment Finance , Financial News • May 24, 2013

leonardo dicaprioLeonardo DiCaprio, philanthropist extraordinaire, continues to grab media headlines with his charity work. In most recent news, an auction bidder won the chance to be escorted into space by the actor at the amFAR Cinema Against AIDS Charity event.

How much did the prize ticket cost the winner’s bank account? A paltry $1.5 million — and that’s for just one seat on the vessel.

Leonardo DiCaprio Sold on the Auction Block

The New York Daily News reports that the gala, which was held at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, revealed Leonardo DiCaprio as the mystery guest to accompany whomever won the auctioned seat on Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic.

Bids for the unique opportunity to rub elbows with Hollywood elite, Leonardo DiCaprio, and visit space started at $1.29 million. At the end of the bidding, passage onto the Virgin Galactic for a seat next to Leo went to a 37-year-old Russian bidder named Vasily Klyukin.

According to reports in addition to escorting Klyukin into outer space, “The Great Gatsby” star will also assist in training him for space travel in the days leading up to the launch. Presently, the flight date is estimated to take place sometime near Christmas.

How Much Will Space Travel Really Cost You?

While space travel with Leonardo DiCaprio sounds like it may very well be worth $1.5 million to experience, that’s not how much it typically pulls from participants’ bank account. An additional pair of tickets were put up for auction on the same flight, and sold for $1.8 million total. On the other hand, outside of the charity event the average price for the 2.5 hour space travel excursion, which includes six minutes in weightless space, is closer to $200,000.

Yes, Leonardo DiCaprio is simply worth that much more.

(Photo: Siebbi)

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