Back in 2014, we exclusively sat down with James Goldstein, the silver-haired multi-millionaire known for being an eccentric fashion enthusiast and NBA superfan. He told us all about his legendary John Lautner-designed property, the Sheats Goldstein Residence, which has been booked by numerous fashion houses, ranging from Wildfox to Thierry Mugler. After years of keeping his exclusive world off limits to the general public, Goldstein is ready to tell his story through the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).
Today, LACMA announced that custom hat collector has promised his home, its contents, and surrounding estate to the beloved museum. "The promised gift, which is in a new area of collecting for the museum, includes a James Turrell Skyspace in its extensive landscaped tropical gardens, an infinity tennis court, and an entertainment complex," the official press release notes. "Mr. Goldstein's extensive fashion collection, works by artists including Ed Ruscha, DeWain Valentine, Bernar Venet, and Kenny Scharf, architectural models of the property, and an iconic Rolls Royce Silver Cloud from 1961 are included in the gift."
"Following last year's 50th anniversary gifts to LACMA, I decided now was the perfect time to announce that I will leave my house and its contents to the museum," Goldstein adds. "Hopefully, my gift will serve as a catalyst to encourage others to do the same to preserve and keep alive Los Angeles's architectural gems for future generations."
Major. In short, the house will be completely transferred over to LACMA after Goldstein passes away. In the near future, we hear that Goldstein will be permitting LACMA to program the space with talks, performances, and events.