March 18th, 2015
An economist, who worked in Treasury for 10 years and became a voluntary guide at the National Gallery of Australia, has left the gallery a bequest of $8 million worth of Australian modernist masterpieces.
In what has been considered one of the most significant private bequests, the gallery will get 19 pieces of Alan Boxer's collection nine months after his death.
Mr Boxer, who had no partner or children, donated works by Australia's finest twentieth-century artists – Arthur Boyd, Sidney Nolan, Albert Tucker, John Olsen, Charles Blackman, John Perceval and Brett Whiteley.
Mr Boxer's contribution has been the most valuable in at least 15 years.
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