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Leo haggles over $850K Basquiat drawing at Art Basel

Art Basel Miami is my Mecca. I pray in it’s direction and I promise to one day migrate to the annual event at least once before I die.

Some celebrities are there each year and art lover Leo DiCaprio doesn’t just show up…. he spends chedda.

This year he spent more than 45 minutes in a private room haggling over the price of an $850,000 Basquiat drawing at Art Basel Miami.

The Oscar winner — who tried but completely failed to hide his identity under a baseball cap and a black hoodie while walking around with a huge entourage — spent more than an hour at New York’s Van de Weghe booth at Art Basel in Miami during Wednesday’s VIP preview.

The 1983 Jean-Michel Basquiat work, titled “Wire,” measures 76 x 56 cm and is signed and titled on the reverse and features a figure looking at a fly with the words on corresponding parts “teeth,” “liver” “knee,” and a quite “keep your hands off that wire.”  No word on what he finally paid.

Also making the rounds at Art Basel Miami were Brad Pitt, former Knick turned collector Amar’e Stoudemire and model Frederique van der Wal.