There seems to be a growing trend among major collectors around the world to sell off their collections of masterpieces and the latest one to join the bandwagon is Masaru Miyata, a 69 year old collector and owner of the N43 Degrees Museum. The Japanese museum has been exhibiting the art that Miyata had collected on the 43rd parallel since 1997 since he opened it then.
He has been travelling around the world and collecting art from countries in Europe, North America, China and Mongolia which lie on the same line of latitude. By doing so, he could compare and contrast the artworks that were created at that level throughout the years. From there, he exhibited his collection in the museum in Kushiro in Hokkaido which was also on the same line (N43).
However, he has reported to be wanting to close the museum due to health concerns and because he is getting old. Therefore, he will be selling off his 400-piece collection which include some of the works of Salvador Dali and Joan Miro.
Among some notable works which he will let-go include the 12-piece set of print entitled ‘The Song of songs of King Solomon’ by Dali while there are also prints by pop art icon Andy Warhol as well as the likes of Josef Albers and George Segal. He said that the collection was acquired through his backpacking years around the world and he hopes to sell them as a whole although he has still yet to find any suitors.