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Pauline Karpidas (born Manchester) is an English contemporary art collector, private art space benefactor, socialite,[1] and patron of the arts.

Karpidas was married to Constantine Karpidas a Greek shipping magnate. She was introduced to contemporary art by Athens art dealer Alexander Iolas in 1975.

In 2009, she auctioned the Andy Warhol painting 200 One Dollar Bills, which she had bought with her late husband Constantine Karpidas. Characterizing the 1962 painting, art dealer Tony Shafrazi said, "We’ve seen nothing like this recently [come to auction], this is a masterpiece." The Karpidases paid $385,000 for the painting at a 1986 Sotheby’s sale. After a dramatic "bidding war" the painting realized $43.8 million.[2][3][4] Karpidas made more than 100 times what had been paid in 1986.[5]

Karpidas is a patron of young artists whose work she displays at her workshop gallery on Hydra, Greece. Each Summer, since 1999 the London-based collector hosts over 100 guests on the Greek island of Hydra to view the latest additions to her Ophiuchus Collection on display at her Hydra Workshop.[6]

She is a benefactor of the Tate and the Sir John Soane Museum in London, and an education centre at New York’s New Museum is named after her and her late husband—The Pauline and Constantine Karpidas Education Center.[7] In a 2007 interview with journalist Marina Fokidis, Karpidas said of her Hydra Gallery,

Having lived now for almost 35 years in Greece, and having been part of the Greek heritage through my marriage to my late husband, Constantine Karpidas, this is a way for me to continue his legacy, his involvement with and support of the arts.[8]

In 2008, Karpidas has presented the work many artists at her Hydra Workshop in Hydra, Greece, including Urs Fischer (2007), Carroll Dunham (2008),[9] Nate Lowman (2010) and Ryan Sullivan (2013).

In 2012, Karpidas donated a vast sum of money to the University of Manchester, particularly to the Manchester Access Programme.This includes the prestigious Karpidas Excellence Scholarship.


  1. ^ http://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/person/mp93422/pauline-karpidas
  2. ^ Unattributed, "Andy Warhol's 200 One Dollar Bills silkscreen sold for $43.8m The Daily Telegraph, november 12, 2009
  3. ^ Colin Gleadell, "Art market news The Daily Telegraph, November 17, 2009
  4. ^ Marion Manaker, "More on Karpidas Art Market Monitor, November 17, 2009.
  5. ^ Lindsay Pollock and Philip Boroff "Warhol’s ‘200 One Dollar Bills’ Fetches $43.8 Million in N.Y.," Bloomberg, November 12, 2009
  6. ^ Rachel Chandler, "Nate Lowman in Hydra," The New York Times, July 27, 2009
  7. ^ Colin Gleadell Art market news The Daily Telegraph, November 17, 2009
  8. ^ Katerina Gregos, "Hellenic Contemporary. The Modern Identity of Greek Art" Flash Art, Summer 2007
  9. ^ Unattributed, "Diary, The Art Newspaper, June 4, 2008


  • Coles, Sadie & Karpidas, Pauline (ed.) Package Holiday: New British Art in the Ophiuchus Collection (1997) Works by Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Sam Taylor-Wood, Gary Hume, Angus Fairhurst, Paul Noble, Sarah Lucas, Don Brown, Chris Ofili, Richard Patterson, Peter Doig

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Dallas Morning News (blog)

Dallas Morning News (blog)
Sun, 10 Apr 2016 21:18:45 -0700

From 2 to 3 that afternoon, the fair will host a viewing of the Karpidas Collection, which Pauline Karpidas began in the 1970s. The Karpidas Family Collection is described as one of “the most renowned private holdings of art in the world.” It features ...

D Magazine

D Magazine
Sun, 26 Jul 2015 20:20:59 -0700

The Karpidas collection was started by Pauline Karpidas, a Manchester-born arts patron and widow of a Greek shipping magnate. Since the mid-1970s, she has been putting together a very large and significant collection. She is a benefactor of a number of ...

CultureMap Dallas

CultureMap Dallas
Mon, 16 Nov 2015 10:03:44 -0800

Over two years in the making, the building was revamped to exhibit works curated since the 1970s by Pauline Karpidas, the English art collector and founder of the Hydra Workshop, an annual event presenting the work of contemporary artists on the island ...


Fri, 15 Aug 2014 05:45:13 -0700

Recently Hydra has become especially beloved by the contemporary art world courtesy of patron extraordinaire Pauline Karpidas, who for the last 16 years has worked with gallerist Sadie Coles – and latterly her son Panos – to organise annual exhibitions ...

The Independent

The Independent
Sat, 14 Feb 2015 16:03:37 -0800

For the past 18 years, Johnnie Shand Kydd has photographed the art scene as they let their hair down on the Greek island of Hydra each summer. Invited to stay with the contemporary-art collector Pauline Karpidas one weekend a year, artists, curators ...
Dallas Morning News
Sat, 18 Jul 2015 14:26:55 -0700

The London collector Pauline Karpidas and her Dallas-based son and daughter-in-law are behind it. The Karpidas Collection of Contemporary Art is so important globally that this opening is keenly anticipated. Another, called Site131, is being built by ...

The Guardian

The Guardian
Fri, 20 Nov 2015 08:22:42 -0800

The gallery was also the first UK institution to get a Picasso, in 1922, thanks to the historian and Leeds University vice-chancellor, Sir Michael Sadler, and more recently benefited from a gift of 90 contemporary works by Pauline Karpidas, the art ...

New York Times (blog)

New York Times (blog)
Wed, 03 Aug 2011 07:01:21 -0700

It was amid scores of stray kittens, luggage-hauling donkeys and posters of Sevigny languishing in the 100-degree July heat that I arrived in Hydra for an altogether more intimate art tradition: the opening of the British patron Pauline Karpidas's ...

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