In today’s generation, downsizing is big, getting rid of clutter is trendy and people are learning to live with less but there will always be that one person who collects things.
A collection is something that we select, gather and keep. They are objects of subjective value. For some, collecting is a way to bond with people, for others, it’s seen as a way to gain value or satisfaction for the thrill of the hunt.
However, the ability to collect has been with us for ages and is even found within the animal kingdom. For example, over 70 species have been known to collect food or tools used to survive. Nowadays people are known to collect all sorts of things, from books, stamps, buttons and glass to even cards.
Everyone collects something – even celebrities. One of the most valuable and popular pieces to collect is of course art.
It seems that music stars and Hollywood celebrities are the new generations of art collectors. Everyone appears to be collecting art, attending auctions and making 7 figures bids.
For sure, the entertainment players have the money for this expensive hobby. They became more sophisticated and want the world to know about it.
Here are some of the top celebrity art collectors you need to know about:
1. PHARRELL WILLIAMS
Pharrell Williams’s penthouse in Miami is known for its vast art collection. Williams is a huge fan of contemporary sculptors and painters such as Takashi Murakami and KAWS, whose artworks dominate his apartment. Williams’ impressive collection of over 700 Art Toys is displayed all throughout his Toronto home. He also owns works by Keith Haring and Daniel Arsham.
2. LEONARDO DICAPRIO
Leonardo DiCaprio has been attending auctions and art fairs from New York to Miami over the past couple of years. DiCaprio is a known collector of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Ed Ruscha, Todd Schorr, and Mark Ryden. His current collection reportedly includes the works by Oscar Murillo, Salvador Dali and Takashi Murakami.
3. DAVID AND VICTORIA BECKHAM
Over the last decade, the Beckham’s have amassed an impressive art collection, allegedly worth over 30 million euros. The entire collection is “love-themed” and graces their homes in London, Milan and LA. The Beckham’s have recently bought one of Damien Hirst’s artworks for their new London mansion. The huge pink heart, called Daddy’s Girl, was commissioned by David and Victoria for their daughter Harper and is said to have cost six figures. Besides Hirst, Beckam’s collection includes the works by Sam Taylor Wood, Tracey Emin, Banksy, and Jake and Dinos Chapman.
4. BRAD PITT
Brad Pitt has a huge art collection that’s worth almost 18 million euros. In 2009 at Art Basel, Pitt purchased a Neo Rauch painting for $1 million. Besides Rauch, the collection of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie includes works by Yayoi Kusama, Marcel Dzama, and Banksy. Along with contemporary art and design, Pitt is a keen collector of Art Deco furniture
5. JAY-Z AND BEYONCE
The couple has been spotted numerous times at Art Basel Miami but it is Beyonce who loves to collect art. Besides two Damien Hirst’s paintings, one named after Jay’s lyrics from his own track “Pray”, famous rapper and his superstar wife, Beyonce, own works by Andy Warhol, Richard Prince, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Pablo Picasso, Tim Noble and Sue Webster, David Hammons, George Condo, Paul Pfeiffer Laurie Simmons, and Ed Ruscha.
From DDW Magazine