Aby J. Rosen has been collecting art since he was 11 years old, when he borrowed $200 from his father to buy a Robert Mapplethorpe photograph from a gallery in his hometown of Frankfurt, Germany, according to a 2013 Daily News article. Since that time, his collection has grown to include over 900 works by artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Alexander Calder, Damien Hirst, Richard Prince, and Jeff Koons, as well as over 100 works by Andy Warhol. His interest in postwar material culture also extends to architecture, and Rosen’s real-estate company, RFR Holdings, owns both Philip Johnson’s Seagram Building and Gordon Bunshaft’s Lever House. In 2003, Rosen founded the Lever House Art Collection—an initiative that invites contemporary artists to design works specifically for the Lever House lobby—with private dealer Alberto Mugrabi.

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Aby J. Rosen

Southampton, New York

Source of wealth:
Real estate

Collecting area:
Contemporary photography; Modern and contemporary art

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Fun fact:

“I wake up every morning and I think, ‘You know what, I’m a lucky bastard,’ ” Rosen told The New York Times in 2013.