Journo’s Parents Amassed Seriously Significant Art Collection

Betsy Rothstein | Reporter

The Atlantic‘s David Frum spilled a secret few may know about his family: His parents own one of the world’s most significant private African art collections. So why not announce it on Twitter?

“Highlights from my late father’s collection of European art now on display at the Art Gallery of Ontario,” remarked Frum Wednesday night. 

According to a writeup on AGO, the official site of the Art Gallery of Ontario, Murray Frum and his first late wife, Barbara, a journalist, started their collection by acquiring an “ancient statuette” from a museum. “Over more than three decades, Murray and Barbara amassed one of the world’s most significant private collections of African art,” they write.

Not surprisingly –$$$$$$ – Murray’s second wife, Nancy Lockhart, also “developed a deep interest in European sculpture.”

To be sure, the Frums are in a terribly elite category of art collectors.

“These works demonstrate an eye for rarity: each example is a masterpiece, and many had been forgotten until Murray and Nancy brought them out of obscurity,” the site says.

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