Instead of the typical luxury jewelry, Heidi Klum sweet-talked current squeeze Vito Schnabel into buying her a giant plastic snail, which cost him $22,000.
— Access Hollywood (@accesshollywood) September 27, 2015
Klum headed the 7th annual Milan amfAR auction last Saturday night, and coaxed Schnabel in the middle of the bidding. “Vito, I thought you were going to buy me the snail!” Klum appealed while on stage. Klum’s boytoy did not fail her; he won the 3-meter (11-foot) blue snail sculpture by the Europe-based Cracking Art Group for 20,000 Euro ($22,000). When asked what she planned to do with her newly-acquired art piece, Klum said she’s thinking of putting the giant snail in her garden.
Klum and Schnabel share their love for art; in fact Schnabel is a young art dealer based in New York City’s West Village who opened his first art gallery at just 16 years old.
They have been dating for almost a year now, but Klum’s boyfriend was reported to have previously dated 50-year-old Demi Moore and was linked to 44-year-old supermodel/actress Elle Macpherson.
Schnabel is known to have an eye for older women. He is 29 and Klum is still looking gorgeous and stunning at the age of 42.
The Milan amfAR charity organization holds fundraising events such as this auction to raise money for AIDS research. Schnabel’s $22,000 is part of the $1.6 million total that was collected that night, which is expected to fund further scientific and medical advancements in the treatment of AIDS. The charity has a goal of finding a cure by the year 2020.
Heidi Klum was joined by other famous stars including actress Dakota Johnson, R&B singer Ciara, and Blondie singer Debbie Harry, whose 1970 photograph by rock photographer Mick Rock was one of the items put up for auction at the event. Former gas and oil tycoon turned fashion entrepreneur Goga Ashkenazi won the bid for almost $25,000.