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[BKARTS] FITZWILLIAM AND GETTY BATTLE FOR PSALTER



FITZWILLIAM AND GETTY BATTLE FOR PSALTER

The Fitzwilliam and Getty museums are competing to buy the
Macclesfield Psalter, which is now subject to a UK export licence
deferral. Cambridge?s Fitzwilliam Museum had earlier tried to raise
funds to buy the early 14th-century East Anglian manuscript at
auction, but this proved impossible after the Heritage Lottery Fund
(HLF) turned down a request for a grant. Although the Sotheby?s
estimate was £800,000-£1.2 million, it became clear that the psalter
would go for considerably more, and the Fitzwilliam therefore
requested a grant of up to £2.35 million. HLF was concerned that the
delicate nature of the manuscript meant there would not be enough
public access and it would be difficult to use it to attract ?new
audiences?, hence its rejection.

full story:

http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/article.asp?idart=11757






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