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How Paul Allen Assembled One of the Great Art Collections

  • ‘He was extremely curious about all periods and all things’
  • His trove spans centuries, from antiquities to contemporary
Paul Allen during the Seattle Art Fair in 2015
Paul Allen during the Seattle Art Fair in 2015Photographer: Evan McGlinn/The New York Times via Redux
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Two months before the first public exhibition of Paul Allen’s art collection, the curator found himself inside the billionaire’s box at the Super Bowl XL in 2006, rooting for his team.

While the Seattle Seahawks lost, the after-party was a riot, with Allen jamming on guitar and actor Dan Aykroyd accompanying him on harmonica.