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article imageOp-Ed: Celebrity Art Collectors Revealed

By Nicholas Forrest     Aug 17, 2008 in Entertainment
Having a celebrity purchase one of their works is a sure fire way for the value of an artist’s work to skyrocket, so keeping an eye on which artists celebrities are purchasing works by is definitely worth the time
Having a celebrity purchase one of their works is a sure fire way for the value of an artist’s work to skyrocket, so keeping an eye on which artists celebrities are purchasing works by is definitely worth the time. Over the years I have received heaps of notifications and tips on purchases of art by celebrities so I thought that I would go through my archives and make a list of some of the celebrities and the artist’s whose work they have purchased. I posted a list of celebrity art collectors a while ago but have since received many more tips so this is the updated list. This is by no means an exhaustive list of all the artists these celebrities collect or have purchased works by but should give you an idea of the sort of work they are interested in.
Denise Rich - Picasso, Robert Rauschenberg, Julian Schnabel
Michael Jordan - Faith Ringgold
Oprah Winfrey - Bernard Hoyes, Faith Ringgold
Denzel Washington - Faith Ringgold
Sylvestor Stallone - Bouguereau,Francis Bacon, Anselm Kiefer
Harrison Ford - Edouard Vuillard, Pierre Bonnard
Richard Gere - Joel Peter Witkin, Henri Cartier-Bresson
Joan Rivers - J.W. Godward
Kirk Douglas - Braque, Chaim Soutine, Maurice de Vlaminck, Marc Chagall, Edouard Vuillard, Piet Mondrian, Balthus, Alexej Jawlensky,
Grant Hill - Elizabeth Catlett, Edward Jackson
Victoria Beckham - Damien Hirst
Charlton Heston - Andrew Wyeth
Steve Martin - Picasso, Edward Hopper, Willem de Kooning, Georgia O’Keeffe, Cy Twombly, Helen Frankenthaler, Roy Lichtenstein, Picasso, Franz Kline
Steven Spielberg - Norman Rockwell
Elton John - Damien Hirst, Diane Arbus, Lucas Samaras, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Berenice Abbott, Man Ray, Helmut Newton and Alfred Stieglitz. Sam Taylor-Wood, Picasso, Francis Bacon, David Hockney, Andy Warhol, Julian Schnabel, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Nan Goldin, Matisse
Jack Nicholson - Jack Vettriano, Cezanne, Tamara de Lempicka
Robbie Coltrane - Jack Vettriano
Tim Rice - Jack Vettriano
Gianni Versace - Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Madonna - Frida Kahlo, Damien Hirst, Ferdinand Leger, Tamara de Lempicka and Picasso
Andrew Lloyd Webber - Pre-Raphaelites, J.W. Godward
Jane Fonda – Andy Warhol
Hugh Grant – Andy Warhol
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt – Banksy
Marc Jacobs – Mike Kelly, Karen Kilimnik, John Currins, Ed Ruscha, Richard Prince
Kevin Spacey – Jason Benjamin
Elizabeth Taylor – Van Gogh
Lionel Ritchie – Sidney Nolan
Eric Clapton - Carlos Rolon, Lee Quinones
David Bowie – Balthus, Rubens, Tintoretto, Graham Sutherland and Stanley Spencer
Robbie Williams – Andy Warhol
Kylie Minogue – Tim Noble and Sue Webster
Tommy Steele – L. S. Lowry, Pre-Raphaelites
The Galaghers – Peter Blake
Dennis Hopper - Ed Ruscha, Marcel Duchamp, Jean-Michel Basquiat
**Nicholas Forrest is an art market analyst, art critic and journalist based in Sydney, Australia. He is the founder of artmarketblog.com, writes the art column for the magazine Antiques and Collectibles for Pleasure and Profit and contributes to many other publications
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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