You Won’t Believe These Celebrity Art Collections
Turns out some of our favorite celebs are also quite the curators.
Published Jun 17, 2017 5:15 AM
Oh, the joys of being rich and famous. Not only do you get first dibs on all the best fashion, real estate, and technology—you can also get your hands on some of the most sought-after artwork in the world. And we’re not talking small-scale reprints here. We’re talking original—and often wall-sized—pieces from artists like Basquiat, Koons, Picasso, and Matisse.
To prove our point, we’ve gathered the most insane celebrity art collections we’ve ever seen. From an iconic Kaws cartoon to a commissioned portrait by Kehinde Wiley, here are nine superstar homes that could easily double as art galleries.
Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz
When Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz put their $15M New Jersey mansion on the market, fans and art lovers got a glimpse at one of the best modern art collections in the world. In addition to paintings by iconic graffiti artists like Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Maya Hayuk, and Kaws, the couple’s 32-room property featured original work from Marc Chagall, Andy Warhol, and Takashi Murakami.
Of course powerhouse momager and Kardashian matriarch Kris Jenner has an impressive modern art collection. Along with large-scale works from Hunt Slonem (Three Wishes) and Mr. Brainwash, she even commissioned a one-of-a-kind neon sign by Beau Dunn just for her Birkin closet.
Along with an eye for architecturally savvy real estate, it seems Tobey Maguire also has an affinity for fine artwork. In addition to major works from innovators such as Mark Ryden and Kaz Oshiro, the actor is also the proud owner of an original piece by conceptual artist John Baldessari.
Never mind the fact that Santigold’s townhouse in Brooklyn looks like one big masterpiece—the place is filled with an eclectic mix of artwork that would make any art lover swoon. With pieces ranging from antique Ghanian coffins to a personally commissioned portrait by Kehinde Wiley, it’s safe to say the singer has earned her reputation as a major celebrity art collector.
Tommy Hilfiger is no stranger to the finer things in life, and his taste in artwork is no exception. When the fashion designer listed his whimsical mansion in Miami earlier this year, the listing pics looked like they were of a world-class art gallery. Filled with wall-sized works from Basquiat, Damien Hirst, and Jean Dubuffet, the backyard boasts a colorful—and extremely rare—12-ft sculpture by Keith Haring.
Leave it to Kylie Jenner to follow in her mom’s footsteps as a rising art collector. Along with amassing several esteemed photographers portraits of well, Kylie, the social media star dropped around $20K for a pair of Barbie paintings by artist Beau Dunn just for her glam room. The apple clearly doesn’t fall far from the Kardashian tree.
Make no mistake about it: Pharrell Williams is a diehard contemporary art fan. Take, for example, the mega-producer’s mansion in Miami. Along with original—not to mention insanely expensive—works from pop artists like Keith Haring and Kaws, Williams also owns one of the very few (and highly coveted) fiberglass flower sculptures by Takashi Murakami.
Bey and Jay
A pic inside of Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s Tribeca penthouse is about as common as a unicorn sighting. That’s why fans all over the world rejoiced when she shot several scenes for her “7-11” video inside the palatial place. Not only did we finally catch a glimpse of the awesome interior, we got a peek at the power couple’s truly top-notch art collection, which includes original works from contemporary artists like David Hammons (Basketball Drawing) and Richard Prince (Car Hood), which set them back $657,000 and $486,791, respectively.
A well-known lover of all kinds of beautiful things, Leonardo DiCaprio certainly doesn’t shy away from spectacular artwork either. Dubbed one of the top art collectors in the world by the LA Times, the actor-turned-Art Basel regular owns original pieces by Picasso, Ed Ruscha, Andreas Gursky, Elizabeth Peyton, and Sarah Lucas to name a few.