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The E-Sylum:  Volume 10, Number 12, March 25, 2007, Article 18

MILLIONAIRE ART COLLECTOR FRANK COHEN - COIN COLLECTOR AS WELL?

On March 24, 2007 The Guardian published an article about millionaire
art collector Frank Cohen.  The article mentions how he got interested
as a boy in collecting coins, and quotes Cohen as saying that he'd
assembled "one of the best coin collections in the world".  Is that
true?

"Cohen, who left school at 15 and worked the market stalls of
Manchester before building up his empire of DIY stores, has been
collecting contemporary art since the 1990s. He has, he thinks,
about 1,500 works in his collection. The most he's ever spent is
$2.5m on a Jeff Koons, and then there was $1m for a Richard Prince.

"He tells these details with gusts of laughter and evident enjoyment.
Since he sold his shares in Glyn Webb in 1997 for 25m, his art
collection has become his full-time occupation, and that of four
employees. But he has always collected something or other.

"'When I was a kid I collected cigarette cards. Then one day I went
to the cinema in Manchester. I was about 17. I got a Victorian penny
in my change. I went to a shop round the corner and they gave me
four shillings for it. I thought, that's not bad.'

"In the end, he says, he built up 'one of the best coin collections
in the world'."

[So... are any of our readers aware of Frank Cohen and his coin
collection?  Given what he's spent on art it's plausible that he
could have assembled one of the best collections in the world.
Can any of our readers in the U.K. confirm this?  -Editor]

To read the complete article, see: Full Story

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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