According to the Diario Economico, an Angolan billionaire has offered to buy the 85 Mirós paintings that the Portuguese government wants to sell to pay off the debts of the bank that formerly owned them (before they were seized). The son of Portuguese immigrants, Angolan-born Rui Costa Reis made his fortune in cereal. The 46-year-old business man and recent Hollywood movie financier, apparently offered €44 million for the works, which he said he would to gift to Portugal on the condition that they were displayed to the public for a minimum of 50 years in his mother’s home town of Porto.
Christie’s London, which is supposed to be auctioning off the works in June, estimate the collection’s combined worth at £30 million, which makes the business mogul’s offer very generous. We can only hope it will be accepted.