When he’s not transforming downtown Los Angeles with L.A. Live and the Staples Center, or buying up the local daily, Denver billionaire Philip Anschutz loves collecting Western art.
According to a January 2012 article in the New Yorker, Anschutz made his first major art acquisition in 1972, and since then has created a staggering collection that continues to grow: “His collection of American Western art is among the finest in private hands,” writes author Connie Bruck. Denver Art Museum director Christoph Heinrich has been quoted as saying it’s one of the best he’s ever seen.
Anschutz purchased the Navarre building in Denver in the late ’90s to house the collection of more than 650 pieces. Dubbed the American Museum of Western Art — The Anschutz Collection, it opened to the public this past May.
However, you can see a portion of the Anschutz assemblage right here in town, and for