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Going, going, gone – to my billionaire best friend in the fifth row. It takes years to train as an auctioneer and a couple of decades on top to smooth one's salesroom patter and gavel-banging. If you're Leonardo DiCaprio, though, a few pals in high places are all you need. At an auction at Christie's New York on Monday, the actor raised $38.8m (£25.5m) for his Foundation, which works to protect endangered species and wildlife habitats.

Observations: The top parties of 2008

1. He even makes a sling look cool: Daniel Craig and Satsuki Mitchell attend the Quantum of Solace party at Battersea Power Station.

Julian Schnabel: 'I wanted to share Tracey's story with everyone I met'

"Like a fucking dog when the truth is hard to bear; I waved goodbye to my mum at the school gates."

Lou Reed's Berlin (12A)

After the iconic turkey necks on display in Scorsese's recent Rolling Stones concert movie, Shine a Light, comes Lou Reed's Berlin, a glance at another rock legend with no call to retire. It's a more modest enterprise, intimate even, and much more rewarding.

Lou Reed, Royal Albert Hall, London

Reed breaks his Berlin walls

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London<br />BP Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, London

An exhibition designed to reflect Britain's varied artistic talents has become more confined than ever

Chapman brothers direct film comedy about the art world

Jake and Dinos Chapman found fame at the vanguard of the Young British Artists (YBA) movement, producing controversial works that placed them at the centre of London's arts scene for more than a decade. Now, the enfants terribles of British art are turning to film. The brothers are in the early stages of directing a comedy-drama inspired by the artistic circles in which they move.

The 5-minute Interview: Julian Schnabel, Artist and film-maker

'I have lost 30lb in a fast since last night'

Julian Schnabel: Art of the possible

For a long time, Julian Schnabel seemed destined to be remembered as a sort of artist as superstar, a painter and a showman who took the New York scene by storm in the "greed is good" era of the 1980s. He was bombastic; he was loud; he was supremely self-assured – a perfect artistic foil to an era built on ostentation.

The unsung heroes of Bafta

The Baftas saw honours go to home-grown talent from behind the scenes. Now, Hollywood gets its chance to recognise the skills of our unsung heroes as well as the stars. We meet four winners with high hopes for the Oscars

Why The Diving Bell and Butterfly will show us visions of an inner world

Cut down by a stroke, J Bauby created a novel merely by blinking. Nicola Christie discovers how his life translated to the screen

Mr Big bounces back: Julian Schnabel's amazing journey from faded art star to film-maker extraordinaire

Painter, pyjama-wearer and legendary loudmouth, Julian Schnabel personified the New York art scene of the 1980s. Now, with 'The Diving Bell and the Butterfly', he has completed his reinvention as a film-maker to be reckoned with. He talks to Jonathan Romney about death, creativity and why he always comes up smelling of roses

Schnabel: still smashing after all these years

The artist formerly know as the coolest in America continues to break plates and drag canvases behind his old Jeep. Tim Marlow finds out why

Film: What the Dickens? Pip never saw Estella like this ...

The story may be a Victorian classic, but in Cuaron's `Great Expectatio ns' the cries of London give way to the roar of latter-day New York. By Geoffrey Macnab

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