People, Dec. 7, 1959

Portly Fur Scion John Jacob Astor barely got off the legal ground in his effort to break the will of his late half brother Vincent and win an Astor-size slice of Vincent's estimated $120 million estate (TIME, Aug. 3). On the eve of the trial, J.J. threw in the towel, settled for a tax-free $250,000—a relative pittance that seemed little more than the price of sparing Vincent's executors the nuisance value of J.J.'s action. J.J. will be paid off by the Vincent Astor Foundation, whose main purpose is to improve the lot of the...

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