Perry was in L.A., attending the Wearable Art Gala fundraiser for the WACO Theater Center on March 17, when he discovered a painting he really wanted to purchase. “I was really, really excited to be there and there was this art that came out for auction. It's this beautiful painting of Sidney Poitier and I'm like, ‘I've got to have that.’” As he put up his paddle to bid on the painting, someone in an adjacent aisle counter-bid him—Blue Ivy.
Perry jokingly recalled saying, ‘Oh, I'm gonna teach you a lesson today!’” as Blue Ivy kept besting him in the bidding war. “And she keeps going up and up and up with it,” he shared.
Blue Ivy’s bid got up to $19,000, which Kimmel quipped was three months allowance for the six-year-old. Perry joked, “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. I'm gonna teach you now little girl! You're not gonna get everything you want!”
Perry eventually won the painting with a $20,000 bid after Jay Z laughably took the paddle from Blue Ivy. The charity is partially run by Tina Knowles, so it makes sense that Blue Ivy would feel like she's more than allowed to bid thousands of dollars on a painting.