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Collecting includes seeking, locating, acquiring, organizing, cataloging, displaying, storing, and looking after items. Therefore a collection is really a group of items which have been gathered together. And the individual who will the gathering is really a collector.
So far, things are as easy as ABC. But these bare definitions can`t explain why occasionally the owner of a collection more vital than $1 million will not market it, or everything from it, even if he's having trouble with living expenses. Nor does it explain why some collectors dedicate all their lives for their collections, and therefore are ready to do just about anything just in order to get your hands on a last, desirable piece for their collection? The reply is that for many collectors, collecting is a life-style, almost amounting to some form of belief and vital to their idea of life. Their collection represents their dream. And this feeling is above any price.
Art enriches us emotionally and culturally, it gives our way of life sense, mystery and sweetness. So it`s no real surprise that art collecting is really popular. Art is a passion for many billionaires, as well as for them collecting is really a favorite pastime, but it's also a valuable investment.
Due to the financial crisis, the art market too fluctuated in terms of stability and cost. However 2010 became a starting point of its recovery. As William F. Ruprecht, the president and CEO of Sotheby's, said, "As things improve, people with wealth come back into the art market also it gets better faster compared to overall economy. And when things deteriorate, our business deteriorates even faster compared to global economy. It's faster on the way up and faster on the way down." And the 14th annual World Wealth Report 2010, prepared by Capgemini and Merrill Lynch, bears out this statement, showing that art became the most widely used segment of the passion investments market in 2010.
The list of the ARTnews 200 Top Collectors was prepared by widely read fine arts magazine ARTnews in the summer of 2010, and a listing of the top ten international art collectors corresponds in ten places using the Forbes billionaires list.
Their email list is:
- Roman Abramovich - Modern and Contemporary art - H�l?ne and Bernard Arnault - Contemporary art - Debra and Leon Black - Old Masters, Impressionism, Modern painting, Chinese sculpture, Contemporary art - Edythe L. and Eli Broad - Contemporary art - Alexandra and Steven A. Cohen - Impressionism, Modern and Contemporary art - Joseph Lau - Modern and Contemporary art (especially works by Andy Warhol) - Philip S. Niarchos - Old Masters, Impressionism, Modern and contemporary art - Fran?ois Pinault - Contemporary art - Emily and Mitchell Rales - Modern and Contemporary art - Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohammed Bin Saud Al Thani - Antiquities, Old Masters, Islamic art, Contemporary art
Everybody about this list is definitely an art collector: if you have money along with a passion for art you feel a person out there above; should you can`t imagine your life without art, you strive for a place within this list by searching and discovering new artists; if you are a art student you have your favorite art collection in Facebook or LiveJournal; and even if you feel you have no connection to art, the chances are when you simply travel abroad you'll still bring postcards back in the art museums you visited, to become a part of your personal small assortment of art.