Greenwich resident and Stamford hedge fund manager Steve Cohen was in London Wednesday browsing the Frieze Art Fair, according to Bloomberg News. My bet is he didn’t fly commercial to get to the special VIP day.
Cohen, who owns the infamous Damien Hirst sculpture with a large, dead shark floating in formaldehyde (which used to grace the foyer of SAC Capital’s Stamford offices), didn’t buy Hirst’s latest fish-in-fluid work, which boasts 400 finned species in three glass cases. It went to an Asian collector.
Stevie — and everybody else at the show, according to Bloomberg — also passed on a $6 million cabinet some 10 feet tall filled with Viagra tablets.
Now, I can see some hedge fund managers thinking that’s a pretty low co-pay for a virtually never-ending script of little blue party pills, but the art lovers at the show gave this new Hirst installation the cold shoulder. Good for them.