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The Art Fund acquires Dumfries House

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June 28 2007

John Bute, Christie’s and Savills have announced that Dumfries House, along with all its contents and 2,000 acre estate, has been acquired for the nation by The Art Fund.

The venture was brought together by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, as well as The Prince’s Charities Foundation, the Scottish Executive, the Garfield Weston Foundation, the Monument Trust, The Art Fund, the National Heritage Memorial Fund and Save Britain’s Heritage.

Charles Cator, Deputy Chairman of Christie’s International, said: “Over the last four years, Christie’s has supported John Bute’s hope of finding a negotiated private treaty sale solution for Dumfries House and its contents… Dumfries House is one of the finest and most original collections of British furniture and contains the only fully documented works of art dating from Chippendale’s illustrious Director Period, as well as the finest private collection of documented Scottish 18th century furniture. We look forward to supporting the future of Dumfries House and hope that it will be admired and appreciated by the public long into the future.”

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