From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Jose Mugrabi (Yosef Mugrabi) was born to a Syrian-Jewish family in Jerusalem, Israel. He grew up in the Mahane Yehuda neighborhood. His family managed a grocery store in Nahalat Ahim. At the age of 16, he went to Colombia to stay with relatives and became involved in the textile business. Starting as an errand boy, he became one of the country's major importers. In 1982, he moved to New York, where he met art dealer Jeffrey Deitch and began collecting art.
Mugrabi lives in Manhattan with his wife, Mary.
Jose Mugrabi owns the world's largest collection of paintings by Andy Warhol. His art collection includes works by Renoir, Picasso, Rodin, Ernst, Daumier, Damien Hirst and Jeff Koons, in addition to 800 Warhols.
In November 1988, at Sotheby's in New York, he set a new world record for Warhol's work when he purchased "Twenty Marilyns" for $3.96m. In May 2002 he acquired one of Duchamp's Fountain Readymades for $1 million.