Carmen Cervera at the inauguration of Museum Thyssen in Málaga
|Born||23 April 1943|
|Occupation||Philanthropist, socialite, art dealer/collector|
|Known for||Miss Spain 1961|
(m. 1975; div. 1978)
Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza
María del Carmen Rosario Soledad Cervera y Fernández de la Guerra, Dowager Baroness Thyssen-Bornemisza de Kászon et Impérfalva (German: María del Carmen Rosario Soledad Freifrau von Thyssen-Bornemisza de Kászon; born Barcelona, 23 April 1943), popularly known as Carmen "Tita" Cervera or Carmen "Tita" Thyssen, is a Spanish philanthropist, socialite, and art dealer and collector.
She was Miss Spain in 1961. She married firstly, as his fifth wife, on 6 March 1965 to Lex Barker, secondly in 1975 to Espartaco Santoni, divorcing in 1978, and thirdly as his fifth wife at Daylesford, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, on 16 August 1985, to Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza.
None of her marriages had issue, but she had a son born out of wedlock, Alejandro (b. Madrid, 24 July 1980), with Manuel Segura. Hans Heinrich adopted her son, known as Alejandro Borja Thyssen-Bornemisza de Kászon et Impérfalva. As a widow, Carmen Cervera has also adopted two twin baby girls (born in 2007 in United States), called María del Carmen and Guadalupe Sabina in July 2007.
She has been an art collector since the 1980s. Items from her collection can be seen at:
- the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid, which includes 200 works from the Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection
- the Carmen Thyssen Museum in Málaga, which opened in 2011.
In 2012, because of a relative lack of funds, she decided to sell a valuable painting by English artist John Constable, The Lock. The painting made a world record price for this artist, as it had done when acquired in 1990.
Carmen Cervera was in 2013 and 2016 exposed by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists for using complex offshore structures to gain tax advantages. Her spokesman stressed that she uses tax havens primarily because they give her “maximum flexibility” when she moves art from country to country.
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- (in Spanish) Díaz de Tuesta, M. José (31/05/2007), Del Thyssen a Nuevo Baztán, El País
- Hastings, Chris (30 June 2012). "Art expert quits museum in fury at £25m Constable sale". London: Daily Mail. Retrieved 2012-07-01.
- Brown, Mark (29 May 2012). "John Constable's The Lock to be sold at auction". London: The Guardian. Retrieved June 23, 2012.
- Garcia, Angeles. "Carmen Cervera: "No soy gastosa. Los ricos también están en crisis"" (in Spanish). Retrieved June 23, 2012.
- "Constable's The Lock sells for £22m". London: Guardian. 4 July 2012. Retrieved July 4, 2012.
- "Secret Files Expose Offshore's Global Impact". International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. 3 April 2013. Retrieved 2013-04-06.