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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.
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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.
Blue Ivy out here bidding $19,000 for art. *cries in poorness* pic.twitter.com/SBoYL57Upq— Proto (@The__Prototype) March 18, 2018
Fave moment (besides all the amazing art/fashion) @StarJonesEsq orchestrating a bidding war between @tylerperry & Blue Ivy Carter 😜#WearableArtGala #WacoToWakanda #nissandiversity pic.twitter.com/n2EDYjB7W8— Angela Sun (@sunnyangela) March 18, 2018
Viewers on Twitter joked about a 6-year-old with $20,000 to spend.
Blue Ivy buying art worth 19K is bound to be a rap lyric someday.— call me peachez (@TheBlueIvyPark) March 18, 2018
"You bitches so broke, I swear you make me sick
I been getting 19K in art since I was only six"
Woke up this morning feeling good and positive. The stuff i wanna do feels like it’s coming together ..........but then i see Blue Ivy bidding for $19,000 art like its a game. So i went back to sleep to start my day over again. 😂😂😂😂 Gotta love it! #Legacy— Dready (@OfficialDready) March 18, 2018
Blue Ivy Carter is six years old and her taste in art is infinitely more refined than mine https://t.co/K6m4AdBw9k— Rebecca Fishbein (@bfishbfish) March 19, 2018
Bruhh... Blue Ivy out here dropping 10k on fine art n I'm out here contemplating if I'm gonna regret buying this 4 for $4...— Who? (@1PlayerWon) March 19, 2018
Whenever you’re feeling yourself a bit TOO much & need to be humbled a bit, just know you’ll never have the juice like Blue Ivy. https://t.co/2IxxZt4s61— Cher (@thecherness) March 18, 2018
Blue Ivy is out here bidding $19,000 for art but when I was her age I couldn't even pickup a chocolate bar in a supermarket without my mum shouting at me to put it back 😭— JermainJackman🇬🇾 (@JermainJackman) March 19, 2018
my broke ass doesn’t even have up to $19 pic.twitter.com/zfCGm31yZM— c (@kidcudison) March 18, 2018
*waits for JAY-Z to rap about Blue ivy art bid moves*— Gage (@KingGage_) March 18, 2018
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.
Tess Cagle is a reporter who focuses on politics, lifestyle, and streaming entertainment. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Texas Monthly, the Austin American-Statesman, Damn Joan, and Community Impact Newspaper. She’s also a portrait, events, and live music photographer in Central Texas.