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Eli Broad Wrote A Book

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It is called The Art of Being Unreasonable. It has a foreword by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The first sentence is “I am unreasonable.” There Mr. Broad is on the cover, smiling awkwardly next to a Jeff Koons balloon sculpture. The good thing about being a billionaire with a book deal is that you can get some very fancy people to write blurbs for you. Read More

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Billionaire Art Collector Bidzina Ivanishvili ‘Not a Big Art Lover,’ Appropriation Artist

"Dora Maar au Chat" (1941) by Pablo Picasso, which the collector owns. (Courtesy Wikipedia)

Secretive billionaire art collector Bidzina Ivanishvili, who is hoping to spend some of his fortune to become prime minister of Georgia, flew foreign journalists to his home country and invited them into palatial estate in the capital of Tbilisi, which he refers to as “the James Bond house.”

The Sunday Telegraph‘s Andrew Osborn was one of the lucky writers who earned an invitation, and provides a fascinating look at Mr. Ivanishvili’s art collection and life, writing: Read More

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What Do You Fancy, François-Henri Pinault?

Husband and wife Francois-Henri Pinault and Salma Hayek. (Courtesy Patrick McMullan Co.)

As Ben Popper just reported over on BetaBeat, the PPR investment fund, whose CEO is billionaire French art collector Francois-Henri Pinault, just took a $10-million stake in The Fancy, a website that allows users to track luxury goods in which they are interested. (Mr. Pinault’s father, Francois Pinault, is the owner of Christie’s.)

Mr. Pinault, as our colleague points out, quite an active user of the site, having “Fancy’d” (to use the language of the company) some 415 items, offering a glimpse at his personal interests. Among the many items Mr. Pinault fancies are plenty of Gucci shoes, which is perhaps unsurprising since he owns a hefty chunk of the luxury giant. Read More