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Blue Ivy bid $10,000 at an art auction this weekend—and won

You're never too young to be an art connoisseur.


Tess Cagle


Posted on Mar 19, 2018   Updated on May 21, 2021, 9:21 pm CDT

Celebrities gathered at the second annual Wearable Art Gala this weekend hosted by Beyoncé’s mother, Tina Knowles Lawson—but it was her granddaughter who stole the show by the end of the evening.

Beyoncé and Jay-Z made a rare public appearance together in honor of the L.A. auction—which benefits the WACO Theater Center in Los Angeles—and brought along their 6-year-old daughter Blue Ivy, who adorably wore a matching outfit with her mother.

It was during the gala’s live auction that Blue really stole all the attention when she raised her paddle and bid $17,000 on an acrylic painting of a young Sidney Poitier.

When the price went up, she made another bid at $19,000, and Jay-Z jokingly tried to snatch the paddle away from his daughter’s hand to prevent higher bids. Although Tyler Perry ended up taking home the portrait for $20,000, Blue bid $10,00 on the next item—a 36” x 36” piece of art composed of deconstructed law books from Indiana and medical books from California, created by artist Samuel Levi Jones—and won.

Star Jones, who led the auction, said Blue’s enthusiasm showed that her parents have been teaching her the importance of collecting art.

“Her mother and father have been talking about how you gather art and that is a big deal for African-Americans,” she said.

Fans at the auction shared video footage on Twitter of the adorable moment.

Viewers on Twitter joked about a 6-year-old with $20,000 to spend.

Beyoncé also joined in on the action and made a winning bid at $17,000 on a set of Lorraine Schwartz panther earrings that she had previously worn to an event, according to Vanity Fair.

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*First Published: Mar 19, 2018, 3:06 pm CDT