Brooklyn Man With $10 Million Private African Art Collection Launches Kickstarter Campaign To Fund Museum.
The story of Eric Edwards, a former AT&T executive, attracted quite a bit of attention and gained a score of new supporters after he was featured alongside his $10 million private collection of African art for the documentary series The Collector. Edwards, a Brooklyn resident, estimates his collection of over 2500 pieces, to be worth approximate $10 million dollars. The extensive collection spans all 54 countries on the continent of Africa and some pieces date back to as much as 4,000 years.
Edwards announced his plans to open an African art museum in Brooklyn, so that his collection would live on and continue to be enjoyed by many for years to come. He hopes to open the Cultural Museum of African Art Eric Edwards Collection (CMAAEEC) by the summer of 2016, and has even secured famed architect Rodney Léon for the project. Léon helped design the African Burial Ground National Monument in Manhattan.
Edwards recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the project.