It is believed that close to 600 institutions and potential private investors have now been sounded out about a bid. Although the collection would enrich the home of any billionaire, it is hoped that a museum, foundation or gallery will come forward.I'm curious to know more about the Dead Sea Scroll fragments in the collection. Not that I'm planning to submit a bid.
But it appears that interest has not been overwhelming. The original deadline for bids, ends on Wednesday but a French court hearing is expected to extend that date.
Sources in the art world suggest the collection may be overvalued, and that a top asking price of €100m might be more realistic.
“Yes, 5 per cent of the collection is extraordinary, but the remaining 95 per cent is insignificant,” one antiquarian bookseller told the Financial Times.
Background here and here.