George Michael’s art collection

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2015-06-26 10:59:30

George Michael’s art collection is a collation of highly prized contemporary art worth more than £100m. The singer has assembled the collection over several decades.Personal history

Born in London in 1963 to a Greek-Cypriot father and English mother, singer George Michael first came to prominence as one half of Wham! in the 1980s.

He launched his first solo album, Faith, in 1987, and has remained a feature in the charts ever since.

In 2008, Michael was ranked the 40th most successful artist of all time by Billboard magazine.

Art collection

Michael’s art collection concentrates on modern pieces, spanning from the Young British Artists movement of the late 1980s to new works.

Artists in the collection include:

  • Damien Hirst - his "Saint Sebastian, Exquisite Pain", a black calf in formaldehyde, is a highlight of the collection.
  • Gilbert and George
  • Bridget Riley
  • Jake and Dinos Chapman
  • Sarah Lucas

Michael’s partner Kenny Goss, told the Associated Press in 2008: "We are definitely collecting only museum-quality pieces at this point."

Goss-Michael Foundation Gallery

The pair established a Dallas-based gallery in 2005, which became the Goss-Michael Foundation Gallery in 2007. The gallery showcased the couple’s collection, while the foundation itself offers scholarships to arts-based students in Texas.

A larger gallery opened in Dallas in 2008 to house the expanding collection more comfortably.

Such is the couple’s spending power, they will often purchase extra pieces to round out a collection on a particular theme.

Other collections

In addition to art, Michael also collects music memorabilia, including John Lennon's Steinway Model Z piano, which he bought for £1.45m at auction in 2000.

 

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