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ARTnews names 200 top collectors, again*

July 6, 2009 |  1:32 pm

Broad It's here: this year's edition of the ARTnews list that lots of art-world folks love to hate and debate. And, yes, the roster of acquisitors from 22 countries includes collectors from Los Angeles -- six who claim the L.A. area as their primary residence and three who have secondary homes here.

As usual, Edythe L. and Eli Broad are prominently featured, on the top 10 list. The other L.A. residents who made the 200 cut are Maria and William Bell, Peter Norton, Judy and Michael Ovitz, Eric Smidt and Dean Valentine.

Those who are based elsewhere but also have homes in L.A. are Eugenio Lopez Alonso of Mexico City, Susan and Larry Marx of Aspen, Colo., and Beth Swofford of New York.

Reporters who compiled the 2009 list for the New York magazine came up with 106 collectors who make their primary home in the United States, 14 in Germany, 13 in the United Kingdom, 12 in Switzerland, nine in France and four each in Spain, Italy, Canada and the Netherlands.

Most of the collectors focus on contemporary and modern art. Others collect a wide range of material, including Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art, works by Old Masters, photography, antiquities, Chinese art and Peruvian textiles. 

-- Suzanne Muchnic

Photo: Eli Broad. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

* An earlier version said that the Broads ranked third among the top 10. Collectors on the short list are not ranked in order of importance.