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November 17, 1987|DEBORAH CAULFIELD and RICK SHERWOOD | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press

The art world remained mystified Monday about the identity of the bidder who paid Sotheby's a cool $53.9 million for Vincent Van Gogh's "Irises" last week. Art experts and a leading New York society columnist had thought they had found their buyer in Australian billionaire art lover Alan Bond. But the reports were a lot of bunkum, a spokesman for the tycoon said Monday, denying that his boss bought the masterpiece.

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