Art was truly Vincent Price's greatest passion. Many times, as legend will attest, he appeared in substandard films to fund his phenomenal art collection. His philosophy was that everyone should come in contact with art. This was the rationale for his famous alliance with Sears-Roebuck during the 1960's that saw him purchasing original works of art for Sears shoppers to purchase for themselves. It was also what caused him to donate a portion of his own collection to serve as the nucleus for East Los Angeles College's Vincent Price Gallery, probably his most fitting monument.

Price's passion for art was ignited as a child, but it wasn't until his grand tour of Europe as a teen that it blazed.  Here he is with others in his tour.   Price was taken quite seriously by the art world.  Art experts removed from the world of show business claimed him as their own.

Vincent was the cover story for the debut issue of Arts & Antiques magazine.  It was his 'double life' as actor and art expert that drew many everyday people to investigate the arts. Sometimes Price could combine both worlds, too.  Here he is as real-life author and arts patron Carl Carmer in the 1964 film Convicts 4 (aka Reprieve). Vincent (and several other actors) did a series of books with accompanying slides and records.  Here's the one he narrated about The Louvre.

His tastes spanned all ages and styles.  Here he is with an African piece from his own collection. Sears also maintained a Vincent Price Gallery at its Chicago headquarters.  Here is a catalog of Daumier pieces then on display. Vincent Price, the collector!  Leafing through a portfolio of prints while seated before a wall of pre-Columbian and native American pottery.

Whenever Price visited a community for a performance or lecture, he'd also involve himself in its local arts.  Here he is in Syracuse, NY helping to keep a famous work in a local museum. Making fine art available to the common person was the aim of Price and Sears-Roebuck.  Price would select the pieces to be offered, and Sears would sell them in stores and by catalog.  Here's a rare catalog with some amazing pieces that were being offered. Here's an exhibition catalog from a posthumous exhibition/appreciation held by the East LA College Vincent Price Gallery.  Please visit their site to learn more.  The link is on this site's links page.

The Vincent Price Exhibit

Created May 27, 2009, Richard D Squires. Last updated February 20, 2010.