MEG SMITH/COURTESY BRYANT FAMILY VINEYARD

MEG SMITH/COURTESY BRYANT FAMILY VINEYARD

According to the Wall Street Journal, Donald L. Bryant Jr. teases museum curators with the line “You date [the art], you put it up, then you put it in a basement for a couple of years,” to which he adds, “I have a relationship with the art.” The Bryants’ two-level apartment in New York, which they refer to as their private museum, probably doesn’t have a basement. They do rotate their artwork, however, starting with artists like Jasper Johns, Ellsworth Kelly, Robert Gober, and Robert Rauschenberg, and then switching over to Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, Alberto Giacometti, and Jean Dubuffet. Just like the Bryants’ wine—they own a highly successful vineyard in Napa—their artwork has improved with age. In 2013 Bryant sold an Andy Warhol portrait of Marlon Brando for $23.7 million. He had purchased it ten years previously for $5 million.

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Bettina and Donald L. Bryant Jr.

Location:
Saint Helena, California; St. Louis, Missouri

Source of wealth:
Winemaking (Bryant Family Vineyard) and insurance

Collecting area:
American Masters of the 20th Century; German and Austrian Masters of the early 20th Century; Old Masters

Top 200 appearance:
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Fun fact:

In 2013, Bryant became embroiled in a nasty lawsuit with Henry Kravis, with whom he co-owned a Johns triptych. Kravis accused Bryant of “holding the paintings hostage” in an effort to back out of a commitment the two had made to donate the painting to MoMA. They eventually settled, agreeing to take turns displaying the work in their homes, with it going to the museum after their deaths.