What Does The Weeknd Collect? We Decoded His Trendy Art Collection From an Ad for His $22.5 Million Beverly Hills Penthouse
Keith Haring, Hajime Sorayama, and Kaws are among the pop star's favorites, it turns out.
The Weeknd’s new album arrives today, but that’s not the only thing he’s putting on the market. The pop star, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, listed his Beverly Hills penthouse this week, giving us all a little peek into his interior life in the process.
And he’s a big art collector, the real estate listing reveals. In the artist’s living room, for instance, an octet of Takashi Murakami-designed skateboard decks hang on a wall near a cluster of Keith Haring prints. In the opposite corner, framed by views of the Los Angeles Country Club, is a life-sized golden sculpture by Hajime Sorayama that looks like a sexy Oscar statuette.
Sorayama is a favorite of the Weeknd’s, it turns out. A similar sculpture stands in a mirrored glass case in the contiguous kitchen area, while a pair of the Japanese artist’s prints are framed in a small seating area nearby. The singer-songwriter recently tapped the sculptor to make a CGI video for the 10-year anniversary of his 2011 mixtape “Echoes of Silence.” In an Instagram post announcing the collab, Tesfaye called Sorayama his “favorite artist.”
Based solely on the pictures of the listing, Kaws might be the next name up in the Weeknd’s rankings. Sculptures by the New Jersey-born artist are strewn throughout the home, from a waist-high ‘Flayed Companion’ in the living room to a collection of smaller figurines that occupy a built-in curio cabinet next to the dining table. Three technicolor prints light up the home gym.
Other artworks in the penthouse include a Markus Klinko photograph of David Bowie, a 2019 Still Life Painting by Andy Dixon, and a 2016 figurative sculpture by Taku Obata. The musician, meanwhile, is also known to collect Julie Mehretu, Danny Fox, Joyce Pensato. Pieces by those artists might be over at his mega-mansion in Bel-Air, which he scooped up for $70 million last August.
For the 8,000-square-foot apartment, which spans the entire floor of an exclusive apartment building in Beverly Hills, Tesfaye is asking a cool $22.5 million—or just a hair above the $21 million that he purchased the place for in 2019.
The art obviously won’t come with it, but there are plenty of other attractive amenities: a chef’s kitchen, an entertainment bar with a stunning with a TV wall, a jewel box steam shower, and 360-degree views of L.A., from the Hollywood Hills in the east to the Pacific ocean in the west.
In a surprise announcement this week, the Weeknd’s fifth studio album, Dawn FM, hits shelves today. “Music can heal and that feels more important than another album rollout. Let’s just drop the whole thing and enjoy it with the people,” he wrote on Instagram. The record features contributions from Tyler, the Creator, Quincy Jones, Oneohtrix Point Never, Lil Wayne—oh, and Jim Carrey, whom he met thanks to a shared interest in telescopes.
See more pictures of Tesfaye’s art-filled penthouse below.
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