Top Five Celebrity Art Collectors
It seems that Hollywood celebrities and music stars are the new generations of art collectors.
Every celebrity appears to be collecting art, attending auctions making seven figures bids. Certainly, the players of entertainment have the money for this expensive hobby. Gradually, collecting art has become a symbol of sophistication. But what do the people who create TV, films, and music love to look at? Let us have a look at some art-appreciating stars who made extravagant art purchases.
Beyoncé & Jay Z
Beyoncé loves to collect art and eventually influenced her husband, Jay Z to start collecting too. Bey owns works of Richard Prince, Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Pablo Picasso, Tim Noble and Sue Webster, David Hammons, Paul Pfeiffer Laurie Simmons, and Ed Ruscha. Certainly an expensive and impressive collection. She also has a knack for helping emerging artists make their names. The couple has been spotted several times at Art Basel Miami.
Nicknamed the “Wolf of Miami” by The Daily Mail, Leonardo has been attending art fairs and auctions from Miami to New York over the last couple of years, hoping to find something interesting for his personal collection. The actor is a known collector of Mark Ryden, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Todd Schorr, and Ed Ruscha. His current collection reportedly includes the works by Takashi Murakami, Salvador Dali, and Oscar Murillo.
David and Victoria Beckham
The couple is popularly known for their massive love for fashion, but they tremendously admire art too. Over the last decade, the Beckhams have amassed a stunning art collection, allegedly worth over 30 million euros. The whole collection is themed after “love” and graces their home in Milan, LA, and London.
Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka
The couple acquired an oil portrait titled “Venus Anadyomeme” by Kehinde Wiley, which currently adorns the wall of their living room. Both of them are great admirers of Wileys’ works and already own three of the artist’s paintings. The couple tends to focus their attention towards “contemporary, medium-size sort of up and comers” such as Annie Lapin, Ahmed Alsoudani as well as more under-the-radar names like David Wojnarowicz.
Ellen DeGeneres & Portia de Rossi
The beloved comedian and her actress wife have entered the scrum of individuals hoping to democratize the art market. The couple is a legitimate collector of art and owns works by Andy Warhol, Ed Ruscha, and Mark Grotjahn.
It is also significant to note that some celebs, with a passion for art, started collecting well before they could drop a million dollars on a whim.