Monday, November 8, 2010

I had no idea!

I had no idea that Sophia Loren was a savy art collector! She is just amazing.

Sophia Loren at home with Francis Bacons at the Villa Ponti
Photo by Snowdon - U.S. Vogue, December 1970

Sophia Loren/December Vogue 1970 issue with images of her Villa Ponti near Rome showcasing a VERY SMALL part of her art collection - particularly her Francis Bacon works.
In the late 1980's, it was said that you could not have a proper retrospective of his work without borrowing from the Pontis. They had his paintings stacked on the floor leaning on the walls because they had a few hundred. In today's dollars, the Bacons alone would represent a couple of a billion dollars. 

2 comments:

Bruce Barone said...

Isn't that a great story? That they had so many they had to be stacked on the floor leaning against walls. How I would have loved to walk through those rooms!

Karena said...

Ulla I agree with Bruce, how astounding. The collection must be somewhere to see....the rest!

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Karena
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