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Celebrities who collect art

After posting earlier about Metallica drummer and art collector Lars Ulrich, I started to think about other celebrities who are avid art collectors. With the art market seemingly immune to the country’s financial woes, a painting by a well-known artist is often a profitable place to store your money.

Here are some more celebrities who collect art and whose art they have purchased. See if the art they like says something about their personalities. (Most of this information gathered from Nicholas Forrest‘s terrific Art Market Blog):

Steve Martin is my hero not only because of his awesome sense of humor, he has an extensive art collection that includes the work of Picasso, William de Kooning, Georgia O’ Keefe, Cy Twombly, Franz Kline, and Roy Lichtenstein. (I’m pretty sure in another life Steve and I were married).

Victoria Beckham: Damien Hirst.

Charlton Heston: Andrew Wyeth

Steven Spielberg: Norman Rockwell

Elton John : Damien Hirst, Picasso, Francis Bacon, David Hockney, Andy Warhol, Julian Schnabel, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Nan Goldin, Henri Matisse, Diane Arbus, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Man Ray, Helmut Newton, Alfred Stieglitz, Sam Taylor-Wood.

Jack Nicholson: Jack Vettriano.

Madonna: Frida Kahlo, Damien Hirst, Ferdinand Leger, Picasso

Jane Fonda, Robbie Williams and Hugh Grant: Andy Warhol

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt: Banksy

Elizabeth Taylor: Vincent Van Gogh

David Bowie: Balthus, Graham Sutherland.

Does any of this surprise you? Do you know of others?

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