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What was the occasion for that?
Well, the University of Chicago had very graciously named
a chair in honor of my husband, and I knew that they had a three
hundred million dollar fund-raising drive, and I said I was not going
to give any cash to them, because they hadn't been very -- they had
gotten a lot of money from my husband, in my opinion, and had used it
poorly, but I thought that the people who had been so nice as to
think of naming a chair in his honor should receive something, and
so I gave them a Rothko, which they could sell or not as they pleased.
Which is very valuable and didn't have any strings.
Yes, they could keep it or sell it.
Didn't have any strings attached.
And worth a hundred and eighty thousand dollars.
So they could get rid of it if they wanted.
Your tax on the French Impressionists must have been pretty high?
Immense. Immense. But I was able to --
Yes, but you can take some deduction by giving money, you
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