William Acquavella

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William Acquavella
Born1937/1938 (age 81–82)[1]
ResidenceNew York, New York, US
Known forAcquavella Galleries
Spouse(s)Donna Acquavella
Parent(s)Nicholas Acquavella
Acquavella Galleries

William Acquavella (born 1937/38) is an American art dealer and gallerist, and the head of Acquavella Galleries.

Early life[edit]

He is the son of Nicholas Acquavella, who founded Acquavella Galleries in 1921,[2][3] and Edythe Acquavella.[1] He was educated at Westminster School in Simsbury, Connecticut.[1]


In 1992, he became Lucian Freud's dealer, agreeing to settle Freud's £2.7 million in gambling debts.[4]

Acquavella negotiated the sale of a Picasso painting from Steve Wynn to Steve Cohen for $139 million, but it fell through when Wynn put his elbow through the painting.[3]

Forbes included Acquavella in their list of the top ten art dealers.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Acquavella's own art collection is "dominated by Picasso, Matisse, and Miró",[2] as well as Bonnard and Léger.[3]

He and his wife Donna Acquavella have three children.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Self-Effacing William Acquavella, Who Struck Art's Biggest Deal". The New York Times. 10 May 1990. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  2. ^ a b "William Acquavella on Lucian Freud's Legacy and the Painting He Never Sold to Mick Jagger". vogue.com. Retrieved 1 October 2017.
  3. ^ a b c "The Players' Club". townandcountrymag.com. 19 December 2012. Retrieved 1 October 2017.
  4. ^ "A portrait of the artists as a pair of young wastrels - Standpoint". www.standpointmag.co.uk. Retrieved 1 October 2017.
  5. ^ Noer, Michael. "William Acquavella, 74 - pg.10". Forbes. Retrieved 1 October 2017.