Actor Leonardo DiCaprio is planning to fly to space on Virgin Galactic's new commercial spaceline and will be taking with him the winning bidder in a charity auction held at the Cannes film festival. The opportunity to fly with DiCaprio sold for 1.2 million Euros ($1.5 million USD) at the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS Charity on Thursday night.
The trip was listed as a "once-in-a-lifetime trip to space with a mystery guest" in the auction booklet. The mystery guest's identity was not revealed until after the auction ended. The event took place at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Rock during the festival on the French Riviera.
Standard tickets aboard SpaceShipTwo sell for $250,000. To date, 550 people have paid either in part or in full, despite the fact that the vehicle hasn't yet flown to space.