Top Celebrity Art Collectors: Sir Elton John

 May 22, 2019

Sir Elton John
Sir Elton John stands in front of Man Ray’s “Noire et Blanche,” a 1926 gelatin silver print. Photo: HENNY RAY ABRAMS/AFP/Getty Images


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Collecting Vibe: Once described as having “an art gallery designed by Austin Powers,” the Rocket Man isn’t shy about the art he loves, and he loves photography

Favorite Artists: With major contemporary names like Cindy ShermanNan Goldin, and Robert Mapplethorpe sitting cheek to jowl with works by Minor WhiteIrving PennMan Ray, and George Platt Lynes, he has a veritable museum-quality collection of works—so much so, in fact, that in 2016, Tate Modern presented “The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography From the Sir Elton John Collection.” Although photography makes up the lion’s share of John’s holdings, he’s also a fan of Wang GuangyiTracey Emin, Keith Haring, Philip Taaffe, and (sensing a theme here?) Jean-Michel Basquiat. 

Notable Transactions: In 2016, John consigned a collaborative work by Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat to Sotheby’s. The untitled piece carried a high estimate of $1.1 million. It only achieved $935,000.

Originally published at artnet News


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