Four Philadelphia art collections among top in the world

ARTnews' Top 200, just released, lists four Philadelphia collectors among the world's most active from an acquisitions perspective.

They are:


- John S. Middleton, 19th- and 20th-century American art. Middleton, who keeps a low profile, sold his tobacco business, Bradford Holdings, to Altria Group Inc. of New York, parent of Philip Morris USA, for $2.9 billion in 2007.

- Marsha and Jeffrey Perelman, whose collection focuses on post-war, pop and contemporary art.

- Jane and Robert Toll, French Impressionism and American art.

- And Robbi and Bruce E. Toll, whose areas are listed as Elizabethan and Jacobean painting; Impressionism; Post-Impressionism; 20th-century sculpture; and American art.

See the full list here.