- Private art collections are constituted for the personal enjoyment of a collector.
- This compares with a museum, where the collection is presented to the public.
- Many of the world's great museums start out as private collections or have been enhanced by bequests from private collections.
- More than 90% of art collections (in American art museums) held in public trust were donated from private collections.
- Private collectors mostly outcompete the museums in the current art marketplace.
- Louvre (Paris) - confiscated works after the French Revolution.
- National Gallery (London) - gifts from banker John Julius Angerstein.
- Museum of Europe - still awaiting a permanent home.
- Brooklyn Museum - a "collection of collections".
- Cleveland Museum - private collections donations; includes Rodin's "Thinker"
- J. Paul Getty Museum - purchases from a generous endowment by J. Paul Getty.
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