Top Celebrity Art Collectors: John McEnroe

 June 7, 2019

John McEnroe
John McEnroe with Warhol’s Portrait of John McEnroe and Tatum O’Neal (1986). Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images



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Collecting Vibe: Affordable art fair (he’s supposedly very cheap).

Favorite Artists: In a 2008 interview, McEnroe described being taken in by the work of Chuck Close and Richard Estes, but hadn’t yet made enough money on the court to afford originals. (He picked up more affordable figurative options by Audrey Flack and Tom Blackwell instead.) In his 2017 memoir But Seriously, Johnny Mac revealed being annoyed by Andy Warhol’s incessant attention-seeking antics at Studio 54, though he did ultimately purchase work (and even commission a portrait of him and his then-wife) by the pop artist.

Notable Transactions: The fast-talking, bullish tennis star who rubbed shoulders with Warhol in the ’80s actually owns his own Manhattan-based gallery, though he’s taken a step back from the art game since falling victim to an art-investment scam run by Larry Salander back in 2004. In February 2018, McEnroe sold his 32-foot Mark Bradford painting Helter Skelter I (2007) at Phillips, where it blew past its presale estimate, achieving $12 million and setting a new record for the artist. The work was acquired by Eli Broad’s eponymous museum in Los Angeles.

Originally published at artnet News

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