A reader tipped us to this post where Le Monde reports that the bequest of art from French director Claude Berri that was destined for the Centre Pompidou has been sold to a private buyer by dealer Philippe Ségalot:
The works involved were not large numbers but of great interest: four tables of Robert Ryman , one of Ad Reinhardt, one of Lucio Fontana , one of Giorgio Morandi , a neon Dan Flavin and a set of small pieces of Richard Serra
According to Le Monde, the heirs were intending to pay inheritance tax by donating the works to the French museum with a €30 million valuation. But now that deal is not going through because Ségalot has either sold the works to Qatar’s museum for €50m or an American collector for an unknown sum.
Le Centre Pompidou A Perdu La Dation Claude Berri (Le Monde)