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Stroke claims life of noted art collector at just 44 years of age

Update: July, 30/2012 - 09:42

 

HCM CITY — Noted art collector Le Thai Son died suddenly after a stroke on Thursday at his house in HCM City. He was 44 and had a history of heart disease.

Born in the northern province of Ninh Binh, he graduated from the Ha Noi University of Science and Technology before becoming a businessman. In the past 15 years, Son has gathered over 500 works by about 100 famed Vietnamese artists from 40 throughout the history of the nation, including a systematic collection of sketches on the war in the south. He also owned a valuable painting by Affandi (1907-90).

As a collector with a good knowledge of Vietnamese culture and the local art market, Son frequently expressed a desire to establish an art auction house to help keep valuable Vietnamese works from being sold to overseas buyers.

Son's remains were returned to his home province yesterday for burial.-VNS

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