Tyler Perry stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday night to promote his latest film, Acrimony, but while he was there, the writer and director explained how he got into a fierce bidding war with Jay-Z and Beyonce’s daughter, Blue Ivy.
Over the weekend, Perry attended the Wearable Art Gala, a charity event to support Tina Knowles Lawson and Richard Lawson’s WACO Theater, when he spotted a painting he loved.
“I was really, really excited to be there and there was this art that came out for auction,” Perry told Jimmy Kimmel. “It’s this beautiful painting of Sidney Poitier and I’m like, ‘I’ve got to have that.'”
He decided to take out his paddle and bid on the piece, but there was one problem — he had stiff competition from a six-year-old.
“I said, ‘Oh, I’m gonna teach you a lesson today!,'” Perry recalled jokingly. To his surprise, Blue Ivy wouldn’t go down easily. “She keeps going up and up and up with [the paddle],” Perry explained.
“But for me I’m thinking it’s charity, it’s a good cause and I’m not letting this kid take this painting from me,” he continued. “I’m gonna teach you now little girl! You’re not gonna get everything you want!’”
Perry and Blue Ivy battled it out until the bidding reached $20,000, and that’s when Jay-Z reportedly took Blue’s paddle away and Perry won the painting.
Blue Ivy didn’t go home empty handed, though. She won a “’36 x 36′ art piece made of deconstructed law and medical books California” for the low, low price of $10,000.