Renowned for being America’s third richest and one of the most flamboyant and outspoken businessman of the century who stands out with his tailor made Italian suits and shirts, the Oracle CEO and multi-billionaire Larry Ellison who’s recently in news for buying Island Air shortly after buying the vast majority of the island of Lanai for $500 million, is now all set to exhibit his exceptionally-rare and coveted Japanese art and artifacts collection at San Francisco's Asian Art Museum. Dubbed as one of America’s most voracious consumers of trophy real-estate, the software mogul and yacht-race king who has been bullish on Malibu’s Carbon Beach will display near about 80 ancient and breathtaking examples of Japanese art which spans over whopping 1,300 years of history. Notably, this eclectic art work collection was actually collected by Ellison to decorate one of his heavily Japanese-influenced homes in Woodside, California.
“In the Moment: Japanese Art from the Larry Ellison Collection” will be on display from June 28 to September 22 and will feature priceless Samurai pieces from the Edo (1615-1668) and Momoyama (1573-1615) periods.
Interestingly, Ellison seemed to be somewhat obsessed with Samurai culture, as it’s been found that his $110 million Woodside, Californian estate is modeled on a Samurai stronghold and his 288-foot megayacht Musashi is also named after the greatest Samurai warrior who ever lived.
Larry Ellison’s Japanese art collection is currently being managed by Emily Sano, who says that his collection is very much an expression of his own taste.