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Qatar interested in buying Christie’s to help with kingdom’s museum collection

Monday, October 25th 2010 - 21:45 UTC
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Qatar's ruler, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani Qatar's ruler, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani

Qatar, the wealthy Gulf Arab state whose foreign assets include London property and investments in Volkswagen, may buy Christie's auction house to bolster its cultural credentials, the Financial Times said.

Qatar's ruler, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, told the newspaper that buying the auction house would fit in with plans to make the tiny state, the world's largest liquefied natural gas exporter, a cultural destination.

”We are building a museum, and it (Christie's) has links with the stuff we are collecting for our museum,“ he was quoted as saying. ”It depends on the opportunity - if we had a good opportunity we would not hesitate.”

Christie's is owned by French billionaire Francois Pinault.

In the past year alone, Qatar, through its sovereign wealth fund, has taken a 10-percent in Volkswagen AG, bought famed London department store Harrods, acquired Singapore's historic Raffles hotel as well as the landmark US embassy building in London

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  • briton

    why don’t he buy the houses of parliament, and take it home with him.
    We don’t want it, he can have it very cheap and the MPs that go with it ??

    Oct 25th, 2010 - 09:52 pm 0
  • xbarilox

    Good, I love these people buying stuff and property.

    Oct 26th, 2010 - 03:15 pm 0
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