Steven Cohen Donates Private Collection Tour for Charity Auction

Steven A. Cohen.Photo via:  The Observer .

Steven A. Cohen.
Photo via: The Observer .

Billionaire collector Steven Cohen, who recently added Giacometti’s Chariot (1950) to his vast art collection for a cool $101 million, donated a tour of his Greenwich, Connecticut collection to the Foundation for Prader-Willi Research charity auction last week, as per Page Six. Cohen, who was also actively involved with the Robin Hood Foundation for many years, was revealed as the buyer of the Giacometti sculpture, which sold on a single $90 million bid at Sotheby’s on November 4 (see “$101 Million Giacometti Leads Sotheby’s $400 Million Imp Mod Evening Sale“) to David Norman, Sotheby’s co-chairman of Impressionist and modern art worldwide, who was bidding for his client.

No word yet on whether the tour was successfully sold at the charity auction, or for how much—the Foundation for Prader-Willi Research did not respond for comment. After the Giacometti sale, artnet News spotted Cohen at Sotheby’s again the following week, ahead of the evening contemporary sale on November 11, dressed casually and immersed in conversation on his cellphone.

We have not yet heard whether his art spending spree spilled over from the Impressionist week into the contemporary sales but we do know his contemporary holdings include (or at least did at one point) Richard Prince, Marlene Dumas, Gerhard Richter and Lisa Yuskavage as well as more classic works by Picasso, Willem de  Kooning, Cézanne, and Matisse, based on an unusual one-time, non-selling loan show, titled “Women,” held at Sotheby’s in 2008 and intended to showcase the female form in versions dating from 1890. Presumably Chariot, which shows a signature gaunt Giacometti woman perched atop two large wheels and stands nearly five feet tall, will have pride of place as a recent addition to the collection.


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