Fan pays big for space trip with Leo

SARAH MACKENZIE
Last updated 12:02 24/05/2013
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SPACE-MAN: Leonardo DiCaprio will hold one fan's hand when they'll head onto a trip to space.

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The ultimate hero in Titanic, a real life model-loving lothario, and now set to be a space astronaut - Leonardo DiCaprio is the man who embodies every boyhood fantasy.

A trip sitting next to DiCaprio on Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic space flight went for $US1.5 million (NZ$1.85 million) at amfAR's annual gala and auction at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

Seats on the world's first commercial space flight cost around US$200,000, however this journey, described as 'priceless,' will allow the winner to be personally escorted by the Hollywood heart-throb.

Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson is hoping to launch the first manned flight from his spaceport in New Mexico at the end of the year.

A host of stars have already signed up to take the trip, including Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Ashton Kutcher, and it is believed there is a waiting list of 65,000 people.

The space trip is expected to take around 2.5 hours and passengers must first undergo three days of training before they board the flight.

DiCaprio, who is known for his philanthropic work, also offered a package that included two tickets to the premiere and after-party of his upcoming drama Wolf on Wall Street.

This item reached US$2.3 million when combined with an Oscar weekend that included a room at the Beverly Hills Hotel, a Chopard watch, tickets to the Weinstein party and VIP access to Elton John's annual viewing bash and Vanity Fair's legendary soiree.

The amfAR event featured The Ultimate Gold Collection fashion show as well as the live auction with all proceeds going toward Aids research.

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