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$1.6 million to fly into Space with Leonardo DiCaprio?

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$1.6 million to fly into Space with Leonardo DiCaprio?

It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to go to outer space with a handsome movie star.

A Russian businessman paid $1.6 million to fly into space with Leonardo DiCaprio.

The 37-year-old Vasily Klyukin, who resides in Monaco said it has been his dream to go into space. He was also determined to win the trip he bid at a charity and Aids research fundraiser at the Cannes Film Festival.

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“I want to be a bit daring. I will have to give up smoking now for sure!”

The bidding for the trip started at $1.4 million. Klyukin will still spend a three-day training with Leonardo in New York before flying into space on board a suborbital spaceship built by Virgin Galactic. Virgin Galactic targets to become the world’s first-ever space travel agent. At least 11 Russians out of the 300 people have booked tickets to ride the Virgin Galactic. Each reportedly paid $200,000 for the one of a kind aerial adventure.

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Klyukin also bought a gold and diamond necklace at the auction worth $540,000. Two tickets were also made available to two lucky winners as announced by host and actress Sharon Stone which raised another $2.4 million. The auction raised a total of $34 million, which is double last year’s $15 million.

Additional items sold were the Damien Hirst painting and an Annie Leibovitz family portrait.

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DiCaprio was the first mystery guest and celebrity to accompany the winner on a Virgin Galactic flight into space. The 38-year-old also starred in The Great Gatsby which opened the 66th Cannes Film Festival on May 24th.

Other celebrities who attended the film festival were Cannes jury members Nicole Kidman and Christopher Waltz, Janet Jackson, Kylie Minogue, Jessica Chastain, Goldie Hawn and Adrien Brody.

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