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British galleries to share gift

October 30, 2007|From the Associated Press

The late British supermarket tycoon Simon Sainsbury left 18 paintings worth as much as $200 million to Tate Britain and the National Gallery in a bequest that the two galleries described as the most significant in memory.

The paintings, including works by Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Thomas Gainsborough and Francis Bacon, came from Sainsbury's private collection. He died last year at age 76.

The Tate will receive 13 works and the National Gallery will receive five paintings.

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