Friday, December 14, 2012

Art Collection of Carlos Slim Helu

Carlos Slim Helu is a Mexico-based art collector, who is a telecom business magnate with billions of dollars to his name. He is reported to have a net worth of $69 billion, and is one of the richest persons in the world.

Carlos Slim Helu loves to collect art, and his grand art collection mostly includes classical paintings and sculptures. He has a private art museum called the ‘Museo Soumaya’ in Mexico, which is named after his late wife Soumaya Domit. Here is a photo of his art museum.

Museo Soumaya 

This art museum houses around 60,000 paintings, sculptures and other works of art, made by famous artists, which Carlos Slim Helu has spent his life collecting. Some of these famous artists include Auguste Rodin, Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo.

Kissing sculpture by Auguste Rodin

Carlos Slim Helu’s art collection includes:
  • About 380 paintings and scuptures by Auguste Rodin. This is the world’s largest number of paintings owned by a private individual, of a single artist. 
  • A collection of beautiful wine glasses, valued at $1 million. This wine glass collection previously belonged to Porfirio Diaz, the President of Mexico, who ruled the country from 1876 to 1911.

Here is a video of some of Auguste Rodin's sculptures at Carlos Slim Helu's Museo Soumaya in Mexico.

What do you think of Carlos Slim Helu’s art collection? Do you have any nice art pieces of your own?

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