An imaginative portrait of Jeff Bezos surfing on a rocket was auctioned off at the Living Legends of Aviation Awards in Los Angeles.
The Amazon CEO was presented with the inaugural ‘Jeff Bezos Freedom’s Wings Award’ during the event at the Beverly Hills Hilton on Friday night – his first public appearance since his divorce announcement and the reveal of his affair with Lauren Sanchez.
The sleek tuxedo he was sporting paled in comparison to the space suit seen in the jazzy portrait, painted by Michelle Rouch.
An imaginative painted portrait of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos surfing on a rocket was auctioned off at the Living Legends of Aviation Awards in Los Angeles on Friday night
The Amazon CEO was presented with the inaugural ‘Jeff Bezos Freedom’s Wings Award’ during the star-studded event – his first public appearance since his divorce announcement and the reveal of his affair with Lauren Sanchez. Bezos is seen above with TV anchor Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe (right)
In the painting, a muscly Bezos is seen balancing atop a rocket bearing the name of the spaceflight company he privately funds, Blue Origin.
The wave he’s riding blends into an abstract starry-sky background.
Around 25 Living Legends had signed the black and silver painting frame.
Artist Michelle Rouch is pictured above at the event. She is known for her space-inspired work
Artist Michelle Rouch is known for her space-inspired pieces. Her work is influenced by her background in engineering, according to her personal website.
She donates many of her paintings to philanthropies, including the Boy Scouts of America, Congressional Award Advisor, EAA & Kiddie Hawk Air Academy.
‘In the past 6 years, her art-work has generously raised nearly $100,000 for kids, who are interested in learning about aviation,’ her site says.
It’s unclear how much the Bezos painting went for at auction, or who the lucky winner was.
Other artwork bearing the Amazon founder’s face were also featured in the auction.
Photographer Hayman Tam shared photos from preparations for the ceremony – including snaps of some of the auction items on Instagram.
‘Some very nice aviation art that will be auctioned off during the Living Legends of Aviation®️ awards event. Jeff Bezos is one of this year’s inductees,’ he wrote in the caption.
In the painting, a muscly Bezos is seen wearing a sleek blue and gold space suit and balancing atop a rocket named after the spaceflight company he privately funds, Blue Origin
Another painting of Bezos at the ranch in Texas where Blue Origin is based was shared by photographer Hayman Tam
Bezos gave a speech after receiving his award. The Living Legends of Aviation honors ‘remarkable people of extraordinary accomplishment in aviation including: entrepreneurs, innovators, industry leaders, astronauts, record breakers, pilots who have become celebrities and celebrities who have become pilots’, according to its website
Bezos wore a proud smile as he accepted his award and hung the medal around his neck.
In the future, he will select the award’s recipient from nominees offered by the legends and The Washington Post, which Bezos owns.
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‘The Legends meet yearly to recognize and honor individuals that have made significant contributions in aviation’.
The ceremony was hosted by Emmy-winning actor John Travolta, who recently debuted his new shaved head – joining the ranks of other bald men like Bezos.
Oscar-nominated actor Harrison Ford, a pilot, also presented an award.
The event was hosted by actor John Travolta, who recently showed off his new shaved head look
Not in attendance at the event was Bezos’ new love, TV anchor Sanchez.
However, the pair are expected to attend this year’s
‘Expect to see Lauren joining Jeff [at the Oscars]. They are an item and very much in love,’ a source explained to
‘They were not hiding their relationship and were very relaxed at the [Golden] Globes.’
Bezos and Sanchez were practically joined-at-the-hip during the Golden Globes ceremony, just days before their affair was made public along with the news that he was divorcing wife MacKenzie.
Bezos has gotten well acclimated to the Hollywood award scene.
Last year, he attended an Oscar-eve bash that Patrick Whitesell – Sanchez’s husband – hosted with WME and IMG.
Sanchez is still living with Whitesell in their LA home.
Not in attendance at the event was Bezos’ new love, TV anchor Sanchez. They are pictured together at an event in 2016
Earlier on Friday, Bezos was spotted boarding his private luxury jet in Seattle and disembarking in LA.
The billionaire wore brown pants, a blue button-up shirt and a brown puffer vest for the flight.
It was the first time the 55-year-old had been seen since he and wife MacKenzie Bezos announced their divorce and after news of the CEO’s affair was made public with salacious and racy texts.
Earlier on Friday, Bezos was spotted boarding his private jet in Seattle. It was the first time the 55-year-old was seen after he and wife MacKenzie Bezos announced their divorce
He was later seen disembarking in Los Angeles before heading to the award ceremony
According to sources, Bezos and Sanchez will appear at a number of events in the coming months, including the Oscars on February 24
Bezos has gotten well acclimated to the Hollywood award scene. Pictured at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in 2018 with wife MacKenzie