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May 15, 1991 | From a Times Staff Writer
In a front-page feature story, the London Daily Telegraph reported Monday that Japanese industrialist Ryoei Saito, owner of two of the most expensive paintings ever sold at auction--Van Gogh's "Portrait of Dr. Gachet" and Renoir's "Le Moulin de la Galette"--might take the works to the grave with him.
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May 15, 1991 | From a Times Staff Writer
In a front-page feature story, the London Daily Telegraph reported Monday that Japanese industrialist Ryoei Saito, owner of two of the most expensive paintings ever sold at auction--Van Gogh's "Portrait of Dr. Gachet" and Renoir's "Le Moulin de la Galette"--might take the works to the grave with him.
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May 19, 1990 | From Times wire reports
Retired Japanese industrialist Ryoei Saito spent $160.6 million on art this week and now lays claim to the two most expensive paintings in the world. The 74-year-old Saito, chairman emeritus of Japan's second-largest paper company, on Tuesday paid $82.5 million at Christie's for Vincent van Gogh's melancholy "Portrait of Dr. Gachet." He followed that with Thursday's purchase at Sotheby's of Pierre Auguste Renoir's shimmering "Au Moulin de la Galette" for $78.1 million.
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May 19, 1990 | From Times wire reports
Retired Japanese industrialist Ryoei Saito spent $160.6 million on art this week and now lays claim to the two most expensive paintings in the world. The 74-year-old Saito, chairman emeritus of Japan's second-largest paper company, on Tuesday paid $82.5 million at Christie's for Vincent van Gogh's melancholy "Portrait of Dr. Gachet." He followed that with Thursday's purchase at Sotheby's of Pierre Auguste Renoir's shimmering "Au Moulin de la Galette" for $78.1 million.
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May 17, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
A newspaper today identified the buyer of Van Gogh's "Portrait of Dr. Gachet" as the honorary chairman of a major Japanese paper company and quoted him as saying he spent $33 million more than he intended. "I am extremely pleased with the purchase," the 74-year-old businessman, Ryoei Saito, told Nihon Keizai, an economic newspaper. A representative of the Kobayashi Gallery of Tokyo paid $82.
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August 9, 1990 | SUZANNE MUCHNIC, TIMES ART WRITER
"The Huntsman," a youthful portrait of filmmaker Jean Renoir by his father, French Impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir, has been given to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Jean Renoir bequeathed the painting to the museum at his death in 1979, but it remained in the family estate until the death of his widow, Dido, earlier this year. The life-size portrayal of a 15-year-old boy in a lush green landscape will go on view Friday on the second floor of the Ahmanson Building.
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May 19, 1990
First the facts and, then, the two inevitable questions: This week the two most expensive paintings in history--Vincent van Gogh's "Portrait of Dr. Gachet" and Pierre Auguste Renoir's "At the Moulin de la Galette"--were sold at auction for $82.5 million and $78.1 million respectively to Japanese paper and real estate magnate Ryoei Saito. The Renoir, considered by some the finest painting the artist ever made, has been in American hands since 1929.
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May 18, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
A 74-year-old Japanese paper magnate revealed today that it was he who purchased Renoir's "Au Moulin de la Galette" for $78.1 million Thursday--two days after paying a record $82.5 million for Van Gogh's "Portrait of Dr. Gachet." Ryoei Saito, who listed his income last year as $16.6 million, said he borrowed money to buy the masterpieces at two auctions in New York. "I borrowed the money from the bank, and I will continue to do it to buy good art when it becomes available," he said.
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July 31, 1999 | JUDITH MICHAELSON
RADIO Off Power: The Baka Boyz, the popular afternoon-drive duo at hip-hop radio station KPWR-FM (105.9), have left the station, reportedly hurt about being relegated to secondary status in station promotions to the host called Big Boy, who had replaced them on the higher-profile morning show two years ago.
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July 3, 1990 | JAMES F. PELTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two months ago, a cover story in Business Week magazine on "Hot Growth Companies" began with a laudatory look at Martin Lawrence Limited Editions Inc., a Van Nuys company that has grown rapidly by opening galleries in shopping malls and selling art to the masses. But just as the magazine appeared, events were unfolding in New York that have since caused Martin Lawrence's sales--which zoomed from $6 million in 1985 to $48.8 million last year--to stall.
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March 12, 1991 | SUZANNE MUCHNIC, TIMES ART WRITER
Walter H. Annenberg, publisher, philanthropist and former ambassador to Great Britain, has decided to bequeath his celebrated art collection to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The collection of more than 50 paintings, which is one of the most valuable in private hands, is said to be worth about $1 billion. "It's a stupendous event. We are overwhelmed by the gesture," William H. Luers, president of the museum, said in a telephone interview.
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