Alexandra and Steven A. Cohen began collecting art in 2000. Since that time, according to published reports, they have spent more than $1 billion on their collection, which includes works by Willem de Kooning, Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, Jasper Johns, Jeff Koons, and Jackson Pollock, among many others. (In 2015, Steven was revealed to be the buyer of Alberto Giacometti’s L’Homme au doigt, 1947, one of the most expensive works ever sold at auction.) The Cohens have given millions to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, El Museo del Barrio, the Guggenheim Museum, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and, most recently, the Museum of Modern Art, to which they donated $50 million toward an expansion. He has also been known to part with works from his collection—in November 2015, for instance, he sold a Warhol “Mao” painting at a Sotheby’s auction for over $47 million.

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Alexandra and Steven A. Cohen

Greenwich, Connecticut

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Collecting area:
Impressionism; modern and contemporary art

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Fun fact:

Included in their collection is The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living (1991), by Damien Hirst—a giant shark floating in formaldehyde that is perhaps the British artist’s most iconic work.