Art: Spare No Expense

Steel Tycoon Henry Clay Frick spared no expense to make his art collection one of the best in the world. When he died in 1919 he left $16 million worth of Rembrandts, El Grecos, and English, Italian and French old masters in his block-long mansion on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue.

After his death, his energetic spinster daughter Helen became an art patron in her own right. Under her father's will, the Frick home was turned into a public gallery. Next door, she established the Frick Art Reference Library, now one of the largest collections of...

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