Previous Posts: Last November, he heard that the Church, burdened by the expense of keeping Auckland Castle, wanted to sell the Zurburans. He was horrified, and ���shouted at��� the Church about it, but he suddenly realised that ���I was the only person in a position to do anything about it. I happened to have ��15 million [the price stated]. I wanted to do something for the north-east, where I come from. And I collect such paintings. Four years ago, I bought a Gainsborough copy of one of those Zurburans of a cowled saint. My first thought had been a commercial one ��� that I could buy them for myself ��� but then I realised that there was something much more important to do.��� 2011

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