Brad Pitt bid $120,000 to watch 'Game of Thrones' with Emilia Clarke
Last week a cavalcade of celebrities attended a gala dinner hosted by actor and activist Sean Penn, in support of his Haitian Relief Organization. After the devastating 2010 earthquake left thousands of Haitians homeless, Penn set up a charity to help support those affected. Now, its reach has expanded to include other victims of natural disasters in Puerto Rico, Texas, Florida and the Virgin Islands.
The event, which took place at Milk Studios in Los Angeles on Saturday, required its dinner guests to pay $5,000-a-plate, then bid on an auction to raise money for the charity. The evening, which featured performances from ballerina Sergei Polunin and Natalia Osipova, a routine from actress and dancer Sofia Boutella, and a live set from James Taylor, raised over $3.5 million for the relief fund.
The guest of honour at the proceedings was none other than Leonardo DiCaprio, who Penn named as an "inspiration" for his charitable work and efforts to promote changes in how we treat the environment. The Wolf of Wall Street actor bid $80,000 on a painting, winning a copy along with Game of Thrones' Emilia Clarke, who also bid 80 grand on the artwork. However, the actress was also the subject of one of the bidding items.
Brad Pitt was in attendance at the event, where he bid $60,000 on a painting before being outbid by Arnold Schwarzenegger. He eventually did win one item, a 'Hoop Dreams Experience' with the San Antonio Spurs. But by far the most exciting experience sold that evening was the chance to watch Game of Thrones with its star, Emilia Clarke, who is known for her portrayal of Daenerys Targaryen in the hit HBO show.
It's hard to imagine celebrities as well-known as Pitt as being star-struck, but it seemed he is as big a fan of the show as any of us from his reaction to this opportunity. The actor eventually bid $120,000 just for the chance to watch the show with Clarke, though he eventually still lost out to another patron.
An attendee at the auction relayed the events of the evening to Us Weekly, including Pitt's relatable excitement at the prospect:
"During the first auction, Brad was on his phone. When the auction announced Emilia Clarke, they called her out in the crowd and Brad literally turned his whole neck to find and look at her and enthusiastically clap."
"He offered $80,000 in the auction to watch Game of Thrones with Emilia. Emilia was covering her mouth and giggling. Leo [DiCaprio] enthusiastically watched the whole auction, turning his head back and forth between Brad and Emilia."
"[Pitt] later offered $120,000 and raised his arms in excitement but was out at $150,000. He laughed hysterically when he gave up and they called him out for it. He clapped and cheered when someone else took it for $160,000."
The amount of money being thrown around at this event shows just how loaded these celebrities really are - the most expensive item sold was a painting by Urs Fischer that sold for a stunning $1.5 million.