Baroness Thyssen’s auction plans cause family row

LAST UPDATED: 8 Jul, 2012 @ 09:37
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Baroness Thyssen’s auction plans cause family row

BARONESS Thyssen’s plans to sell off one of her priceless paintings has hit a snag.

The plan to sell The Lock by John Constable for an estimated €30 million at auction on July 3 has caused a huge family row.

Stepdaughter Francesca von Habsburg has dismissed her stepmother’s need to sell the 1824 landscape as ‘self-serving’.

“She is putting her own financial needs above everything else,” she said, adding that it could undermine the international reputation of the Thyssen museums.

“My fear is that this will lead to a domino effect and other paintings will be lost,” she added.

As reported in the Olive Press last issue, the baroness insists her huge €100 million art collection – much of which is displayed in Malaga and Madrid – is becoming a job to maintain.

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