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PRINT June 1962

books

“Taxes and Art” and Richard H. Rush's “Art as an Investment”

Taxes and Art (French & Co., Inc., Prentice-Hall, Inc.), 1961.

Richard H. Rush, Art as an Investment  (Prentice-Hall, Inc.), 1961, 418 pp.

OF THESE TWO BOOKS, Rush’s Art as an Investment must be considered the more vile, because it costs ten dollars and has 418 pages, while the French & Co. booklet can be had for the asking and is blessed with only 20 pages. By all other standards, they are at a dead heat.

Shortly after the appearance of the French & Co. booklet, The Commissioner of Internal Revenue issued a statement declaring that his office would examine with a wiser, if sadder eye, tax returns claiming deductions for donations of works of art to public or charitable institutions. There probably was no connection between the two events, but if there were, the reaction of the Commissioner would have been fully justified.

Let us imagine for a moment the thinking that might have gone into the

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