Art Dealer Doin' It For The Kids

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Art Dealer Doin' It For The Kids

The Tate and the National Galleries of Scotland are about to see their collections bolstered. London art dealer Anthony D'Offay announced that he would be giving a collection of 725 works of modern art to the galleries at their original ticket price. Estimated at a value of £125 million, D'Offay is asking for the £28 million he originally paid for the pieces. His reason? He's doing it for the kids.

The collection will be part of a project called Artists Rooms and will travel around the UK with an emphasis on exposing the young'uns to modern art. The donation will also be filling in gaps in the collections at the Tate and NGS with works by the under represented photographers Diane Arbus and Robert Mapplethorpe as well as Jeff Koons.

Other artists include Joseph Beuys, Anselm Kiefer, Gerhardt Richter, and a handful by Damien Hirst (sorry, no diamond skull). Where would the world be without madcap philanthropists?

By Amanda Farah

Image of an example of Joseph Beuys work courtesy of cattoo's Flickrstream.

Last Updated 29 February 2008


If you want to meet Jeff Koons and tour his studio, you can bid on a private tour, led by the artist himself.

Michael Govan has also donated a private tour of the new Broad Museum at LACMA.

The auctions end on March 6, 2008.

Bid on the chance to talk with these gentlemen about their thoughts on the new Broad museum and art in general.

The auctions benefit the Hereditary Disease Foundation