Imagine a home filled with $10 million worth of African art. That’s exactly what Eric Edwards has in his Brooklyn home. Edwards has a 1,600-piece collection of African art in his Clinton Hill apartment as well as smaller collections of baseball cards, antique clocks, and over 40,000 LPs.
Obviously, Edwards likes collecting things. And sometimes it takes a lot of effort. “Like the Cameroonian ceremonial helmet that Edwards bought, on the condition that Cameroonian emissaries could perform a ceremony with it inside his apartment,” reports The Gothamist.
In Edwards’s African collection, which he amassed over 44 years, are such items as tools, ceremonial masks, and weapons from all 54 countries in Africa. He even has artifacts dating back to the Nubian empire.
There is even a documentary called The Collector by New York City-based filmmaker Mark Zemel, about the amazing collection the former AT&T executive has.
According to Edwards, the collection is worth an estimated $10 million. One of his pieces, a Nigerian Palace Drum, will be exhibited at The Metropolitan Museum on May 20th—the second of Edwards’s Nigerian drums to join the museum’s collection.
Edwards says his goal is to house the collection in a museum of its own and is seeking backers for an African art museum in Brooklyn, which he wants to open next summer under the name The Cultural Museum of African Art.