Getty Battled Margaret Thatcher for Thyssen Collection
Newly uncovered documents show that the Getty offered $500 million for the Thyssen collection in 1988 (12 years after J. Paul Getty's death). That may sound like a bargain price today, but it was more that double Thatcher's offer of £120 million.
Baron Thyssen said he "did not feel the Getty Foundation is a particularly reliable body."
Thyssen and J. Paul Getty knew each other slightly. The Baron once offered Getty this advice: “Stop buying this rubbish and buy a good picture for once.”
|Not the best pictures Thyssen ever bought: Portraits of the Baron and Baroness (1987 and 1989) by Ricardo Macarrón|