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Collecting Rembrandt

Thomas Kaplan: the world's largest private collector of Rembrandts refuses to have any at home.

Gold is the only thing that piques his interest. Firstly, he tasted professional success by investing in the precious metal.

Subsequently, gold allowed him to immerse himself in what's commonly known as the Golden Age.

The New York businessman Thomas Kaplan (born 1962), along with his wife Daphne Recanati Kaplan, is now the world's largest private collector of that genre which culminates with the ascendancy of Dutch painting at the beginning of the 17th century, and among whose leading figures is Rembrandt.


As surprising as it must seem, the world's largest school of Rembrandt collector does not have one single work from the genre at his home.

'At home I have framed photographic reproductions of the works. I prioritise loans. I get the greatest pleasure from knowing that the public can see them.' [Judith Benhamou-Huet]