‘ABN Amro will try to save Scheringa art’

ABN Amro officials are to talk to the curators of bankrupt DSB bank to see if a solution can be found for owner Dirk Scheringa’s art collection, the Telegraaf reports on Wednesday.

ABN Amro, which seized 1,300 works of art from the collection last week in lieu of a €32m unpaid bill, said it would only auction off the works as a last resort.
Scheringa wrote to the Volkskrant on Tuesday urging the curators to try to keep the collection, which includes work by Lucian Freud, Marlene Dumas, René Magritte and Charley Toorop, intact.
Last week, culture minister Ronald Plasterk said efforts should be made to keep the collection together and did not rule out putting in government money.
ABN Amro, which has its own large art collection, was nationalised last year.
Scheringa was in the process of building a new 10,000 square metre gallery to house the collection when his banking empire collapsed.

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