Collecting art is rather an expensive hobby, which can be afforded by rich people only. That’s why it’s not surprising at all that modern celebrities are among the biggest art collectors in the world. And while you seek for the best celebrity posters to adorn your home, your idols spend fantastic sums of money for a single piece just to get inspired by the artwork and boast of it. Want to know who of your favorite celebrities is fond of collecting art? Let’s see.
Legendary Elton John is one of hugest collectors of art both vintage and contemporary. He has one of the biggest collections of photography, which consists of more than 4000 fine art photos, including early Modernist and Surrealist works by Man Ray and Irving Penn. Moreover, the singer owns artworks by Philip Taaffe, Keith Haring, Damien Hirst and Andy Warhol.
Leonardo DiCaprio is a frequent guest at various art auctions and fairs. Among the biggest purchases of the actor are the works of Takashi Murakami, Oscar Murillo and Salvador Dali. He also collects artworks by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Ed Ruscha, Todd Schorr and Mark Ryden.
Pharrell Williams is fond of contemporary art and his collection of modern artworks is really impressive. Among his acquisitions are art pieces by Takashi Murakami, KAWS, Keith Haring and Daniel Arsham. He also owns more than 700 Art Toys, which he presented at “This is not a toy” exhibition at the Design Exchange in Toronto. Moreover, the singer collaborated with artist Takashi Murakami on “The Simple Things” piece
The art collection of Madonna is estimated of more than $100 million. Her interest in art rose in 1980s, when she was dating artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, who took back the paintings, presented to the singer after they broke up and painted over them in black. Madonna owns “My Birth” piece by Frida Kahlo as well as works by Marilyn Minter, Man Ray, Fernand Leger, Picasso, Diego Rivera and Tamara de Lempicka.
David and Victoria Beckham
The art collection of the Beckham family is allegedly worth more than $35 million. The artworks, the majority of which are “love themed”, adorn their homes in London, Milan and Los Angeles. The collection of David and Victoria includes the masterpieces, created by Dinos Chapman, Sam Taylor Wood, Tracey Emin and Banksy. One of the latest acquirements of the Beckhams is a huge pink heart, called Daddy’s girl, by Damien Hirst.
Beyonce and Jay-Z
Beyonce adores collecting art and has turned it into a joint hobby with her husband Jay-Z. The celebrities own artworks by Richard Prince, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Tim Noble, David Hammons, Ed Ruscha and Damien Hirst.
The love for art collecting woke up in Swizz Beatz after his interest in Jean-Michel Basquiat. After buying his artwork, Swizz started to consider creating his own art collection and soon, made his dreams true. Among the artworks, owned by the rapper, are the pieces by Andy Warhol, Salvador Dali, Enie Barnes, KAWS, Cecily Brown and Takashi Murakami. Moreover, the impressive art collection inspired the celebrity to try painting.
At his home, Moby has many artworks, among which are the ones by JR, Shepard Fairey, David Lynch and Mark Ryden. Also, he owns drawings by Matt Groening, “The Simpsons” creator, and Dean DeBlois, co-writer and co-director of “Lilo & Stitch”. Besides art, the singer also collects vintage globes, cameras and Danish modern furniture.
It’s evident that Lady Gaga is a very creative personality. So, it’s rather natural that she is fond of art and draws inspiration from numerous masterpieces she owns. Among her favorites are Francesco Vezzoli and Leigh Bowery. Moreover, the singer is a supporter of the Watermill Center, an artist colony in the Hamptons.