The monthly art magazine ARTnews has named its top 200 art collectors in the world, with its annual list including famous faces like legendary composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. Who knew art collecting was a competition?
Did the exclusive list come down to who owns the most Monets and Picassos, or was it the sheer volume of one’s art collection? Did the honorees get extra credit for displaying art in unusual places, such as inside the doghouse or the garage? An art collection seems like a difficult thing to quantify, much less compare, but according to ARTnews, it came down to the most active collectors of the past year.
With an estimated worth of more than $1 billion, it’s no surprise that Lloyd Webber has a little extra pocket change to use at auctions and art shows. He has one of the world’s largest collections of pre-Raphaelite (a group of mid-19th century English artists) art in the world and also owns many other Victorian era (1830s-1890s) pieces.
Meanwhile, although he founded one of the world’s largest software companies, it’s amazing that Paul Allen has any money left over to spend on art. He owns the NBA’s Portland Trailblazers, the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks and is one of the world’s most philanthropic men. His $750 million collection reportedly includes pieces from Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Jasper Johns.
Also included in ARTnews unnumbered list are American business mogul Eli Broad, Discount Tire founder Bruce Halle and Qatari princess Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani (known as “the art world’s most powerful woman”), who finished in the top 10 and also takes top honors for the list’s longest name.