World’s youngest curator of fine art? Could be! Blue Ivy Carter may be only 6 years old, but she proved at Saturday’s second annual Wearable Art Gala in Los Angeles that she has an impeccable (and expensive) eye.
Sitting with her famous parents, Beyoncé and Jay-Z, Blue Ivy first bid $17,000 on an acrylic painting of young Sidney Poitier. When it was countered, she upped her bid to $19,000, at which point Jay-Z jokingly tried to suppress his daughter’s impulse buying.
Host Star Jones got in on the fun too, telling the crowd, “Her mother and father have been talking about how you gather art and that is a big deal for African Americans. Listen, you know Ms. Tina told me all of this. Why do you think I’m up here talking about it?” Laughing, she alluded to the precocious Blue Ivy, saying, “19 for Miss Blue, yes, and she’s like, ‘I like that.'”
Ultimately, Blue Ivy didn’t walk away with the Sidney Poitier painting. She lost it to a worthy adversary, Tyler Perry, who scored the piece for a cool $20,000. Don’t feel bad for Blue, though — she didn’t go home empty-handed.
She bid on and won an art piece made of deconstructed law and medical books, according to Vanity Fair. The price? A relative bargain at $10,000. Also taking home some auction swag was Bey, who made the winning bid of $17,000 on a set of Lorraine Schwartz panther earrings she’d previously worn to an event (and donated for the auction).
If all this seems extravagant for a young girl, keep in mind it was for a good cause — not to mention a family affair. The gala was organized by Beyonce’s mom and Blue Ivy’s grandmother, Tina Knowles, to raise money for a nonprofit art and performance complex. And both Beyoncé and Blue Ivy’s other grandmother were honored at the event.
Jay-Z presented the Everyday People Award to his mother, Gloria Carter, saying, “She raised four kids and she did the best job with me. My mother is a beautiful human being. She’s a progressive woman who was always strong. She’s someone who is so strong that she told me, ‘You can do anything in life.’ I believed it so much that I thought she made it up herself. I didn’t realize it was a cliche, but I worked really hard because of her saying, ‘I’m very happy and proud of you.'”
Michelle Obama, via a televised message, helped present Beyoncé’s 2018 Waco Theater Humanitarian Award.
“At a time when so many people are feeling afraid and looking inward, honey, you give us the courage to reach out across every divide — race, class, gender, geography,” said the former first lady. “It has been a joy to work with you on issues we care about and witness your outstanding work firsthand. Because millions of girls around the world love you and admire you — including my daughters — it means even more that they see you standing up for others. I love you. I am inspired by you. I’m so honored and proud of everything that you have achieved and everything that you have contributed to our country and our world.”
A very humble, modest and emotional Beyoncé then took the stage to accept the honor. “I never thought people should receive awards like this because in my opinion, the giving is the reward, and that’s enough. I try to keep my charitable work quiet because I feel like these things should come from the goodness of your heart and nothing orchestrated as a campaign. And if I’m honored, I keep it quiet because I feel like I could be doing more,” said Beyoncé.
Clearly, Blue Ivy has some fierce female role models in her life. And judging by her confidence at the art auction (make those bids, baby girl!), she likely won’t have any trouble following in their fabulous footsteps.