Sam Wagstaff

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Birthday
4, 1921
Birthplace
New York
Death Date
Jan 14, 1987 (65)
Birth Sign
Scorpio
Birthday
4, 1921
Birthplace
New York
Death Date
Jan 14, 1987 (65)

About

Art curator and collector who has earned a place in art and rock history for being a mentor and benefactor for photographer Robert Mapplethorpe and punk rocker Patti Smith.

Before Fame

He went to Yale University and was a fixture in the upper west side debutante circuit.

Trivia

He was the subject of the 2007 documentary "Black White + Gray: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe", which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Family Life

His mother was a fashion illustrator for Harper's Bazaar and Robert Mapplethorope, his protege, was also his lifetime companion.

Associated With

He gave Robert Mapplethorpe $500,000 to buy an expensive manhattan apartment to use as a living and shooting space.

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