What started out as a small European art fair has turned into one of Miami Beach's biggest annual events. Art Basel, a three-day-long fine art expo in South Beach, attracts the world's biggest stars, and their wallets.
This year's big buyer was Sean 'Diddy' Combs, who went on a shopping spree straight from his private jet and bought two pricey pieces right off the bat: a light installation by London-based studio Random International and a neon work by British artist Tracey Emin, which spells out in bright letters, "I Listen to the Ocean and All I Hear is You." No word on how much Diddy spilled for the two pieces.
Nas found himself on the other side of the exchange. The Queensbridge rapper sold his first-ever painting for a reported $14,000, says HipHopWired.com, all of which will go to charity.
One of the most sought-after party invites at Art Basel was for the celebration of Culo by Mazzucco, an arty coffee-table book put together by Diddy and Interscope chairman Jimmy Iovine of photographs of women's derrieres (the most artistic ones, of course), shot by Raphael Mazzucco. Later that night, Diddy also helped throw a birthday bash along with Usher and Mary J. Blige for record producer Rico Love, says The Hollywood Reporter.
Other celebs who saw and were seen at the event, which ends on Sunday, include Naomi Campbell (who looked amazing in a prim-and-proper black printed dress), Janelle Monae, Solange Knowles, Will Smith, Miami local Pharrell Williams and Tower Heist director Brett Ratner.
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