List of Famous Art Collectors People

List of Famous Art Collectors

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List of famous art collectors, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top art collectors in the world? This includes the most prominent art collectors, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable art collectors is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic art collectors were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned art collectors.

This list has a variety of people, like Rainn Wilson and John Waters, in it.

From reputable, prominent, and well known art collectors to the lesser known art collectors of today, these are some of the best professionals in the art collector field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous art collectors ever?" and "What are the names of famous art collectors?" then you're in the right place. (91 items)

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    Rainn Wilson
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    Rainn Dietrich Wilson is an American actor who is well known for his Emmy-nominated role as the egomaniac Dwight Schrute on the American version of the television comedy The Office. He also directed three episodes of The Office: the Season 6 "The Cover-Up", the Season 7 "Classy Christmas", and the ...more

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    • Age: age 49
    • Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States of America
    • Profession: Television director, Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, + more
    • Credits: The Office, Juno, Almost Famous, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Galaxy Quest, + more
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    John Waters
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    John Samuel Waters Jr. is an American film director, screenwriter, actor, stand-up comedian, journalist, visual artist, and art collector, who rose to fame in the early 1970s for his transgressive cult films. Waters's 1970s and early '80s films feature his regular troupe of actors known as the ...more

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    • Age: age 69
    • Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America
    • Profession: Journalist, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Cinematographer, Film Editor, + more
    • Credits: Hairspray, Hairspray, Cry-Baby, Pink Flamingos, Serial Mom, + more
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    Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney
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    Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney was an American sculptor, art patron and collector, and founder in 1931 of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. She was a prominent social figure and hostess, who was born into the wealthy Vanderbilt family and married into the Whitney family.more

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    • Age: Died at 67 (1875-1942)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Sculptor, Sculpture, Art collector
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    William Ingraham "Bill" Koch is an American businessman, sailor, and collector. His boat was the winner of the America's Cup in 1992. Forbes estimated William Koch's net worth was $4.0 billion in March 2012 from oil and other investments.more

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    • Age: age 75
    • Birthplace: Wichita, Kansas, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Sailor, Art collector
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    Louise Fazenda
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    Louise Fazenda was an American film actress, appearing chiefly in silent comedy films.more

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    • Age: Died at 67 (1895-1962)
    • Birthplace: Lafayette, Fairfield Township, Indiana, United States of America
    • Profession: Art collector, Actor, Humanitarian
    • Credits: The Desert Song, On with the Show, Viennese Nights, Leathernecking, Bride of the Regiment, + more
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    Judy Goffman Cutler
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    Judy Goffman Cutler is an American art dealer, co-founder of the National Museum of American Illustration, and founder and Executive Director of the American Illustrators Gallery, NYC. She has authored and co-authored over fifty exhibition catalogues and art books published by Bison Books/Crescent ...more

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    • Profession: Author, Art collector, Art dealer
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    Daphne Guinness is an actress and film producer.more

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    • Age: age 48
    • Birthplace: England, London, Hampstead
    • Profession: Fashion designer, Journalist, Film Producer, Model, Art collector, + more
    • Credits: Cashback
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    Charles Saatchi
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    Charles Saatchi is a British businessman and the co-founder with his brother Maurice of advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi. The brothers led the business – the world's largest advertising agency in the 1980s – until they were forced out in 1995. In the same year, the brothers formed a new agency ...more

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    • Age: age 72
    • Birthplace: Baghdad, Iraq
    • Profession: Art collector, Art dealer
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    Robert Hoffman
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    Robert K. Hoffman was an American businessperson and philanthropist, most notable for co-founding the influential humor magazine National Lampoon. Born in Dallas, Texas, Hoffman graduated from the St. Mark's School of Texas in 1965. While a senior at Harvard, he was one of the three editors of The ...more

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    • Age: Died at 59 (1947-2006)
    • Birthplace: Texas, USA, Dallas
    • Profession: Businessperson, Art collector
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    Manuel Barbachano Ponce
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    Miguel Barbachano-Ponce is a film director and screenwriter.more

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    • Age: Died at 69 (1925-1994)
    • Birthplace: Mérida, Mexico
    • Profession: Novelist, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Art collector, Film Director
    • Credits: Roots, Frida Still Life, Pedro Páramo, Mary My Dearest, Nazarin, + more
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    Laurence S. Cutler
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    Laurence Cutler is an American architect, urban designer, historic property developer, author, educator, advertising executive and museum founder. Along with his wife, Judy Goffman Cutler, he is co-founder of the National Museum of American Illustration at Vernon Court, the first national museum devoted ...more

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    • Profession: Educator, Author, Art collector, Architect
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    Edward James
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    Edward William Frank James was a British poet known for his patronage of the surrealist art movement.more

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    • Age: Died at 77 (1907-1984)
    • Birthplace: England
    • Profession: Art collector, Architect
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    Francesca von Habsburg
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    Francesca von Habsburg-Lothringen is an art collector and the wife of Karl Habsburg-Lothringen, head of the House of Habsburg-Lorraine.more

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    • Age: age 57
    • Birthplace: Lausanne, Switzerland
    • Profession: Film Producer, Model, Art collector, Actor, Singer
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    Elie Hirschfeld is an American real estate developer, theatrical producer, philanthropist and art collector based in New York City. He is the son of the late real estate mogul Abe Hirschfeld.more

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    • Age: age 66
    • Birthplace: United States of America
    • Profession: Theatrical producer, Real estate development, Art collector, Philanthropist
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    Peggy Guggenheim
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    Marguerite "Peggy" Guggenheim was an American art collector, bohemian and socialite. Born to a wealthy New York City family, she was the daughter of Benjamin Guggenheim, who went down with the Titanic in 1912, and the niece of Solomon R. Guggenheim, who would establish the Solomon R. Guggenheim ...more

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    • Age: Died at 81 (1898-1979)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Art collector, Actor
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    Cone sisters
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    The Cone sisters were Claribel Cone and Etta Cone of Baltimore, Maryland. Together they gathered one of the finest collections of modern French art in the United States. They were wealthy socialites during the Gilded Age.more

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    • Age: Died at 65 (1864-1929)
    • Birthplace: Jonesborough, Tennessee, United States of America
    • Profession: Art collector
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    Chester Dale was an American banker and patron of the arts. Dale earned large sums from working for the New York Stock Exchange, allowing him to collect a group of 19th and 20th-century French paintings. Although he considered establishing a private museum, he donated a part of his collection to the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 79 (1883-1962)
    • Profession: Art collector, Banker
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    Frederick Richards Leyland was a British shipowner and art collector from Liverpool.more

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    • Age: Died at 60 (1832-1892)
    • Birthplace: United Kingdom
    • Profession: Businessperson, Art collector
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    • Age: Died at 79 (1870-1949)
    • Birthplace: Jonesborough, Tennessee, United States of America
    • Profession: Art collector
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    Isabella Stewart Gardner
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    Isabella Stewart Gardner – founder of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston – was an American art collector, philanthropist, and one of the foremost female patrons of the arts. Isabella Stewart Gardner had a zest for life, an energetic intellectual curiosity and a love of travel. She was a ...more

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    • Age: Died at 84 (1840-1924)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Art collector
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