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For National Gallery, the Fight Has Just Begun

Tomorrow or the next day the British government is expected to grant a temporary export bar preventing Raphael's exquisite Madonna of the Pinks from leaving the country, writes Maeve Kennedy in The Guardian. The new director of the National Gallery will then begin the fight of his life, to persuade the heritage lottery fund that keeping the painting in Britain is worth paying twenty million pounds (thirty-two million dollars) to one of the richest men in the country.

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