Art: The Market

Purchase of the week: four old masters, by Canada's National Gallery, from the collection of the Prince of Liechtenstein.

Price: $885,000. After an hour's stormy debate, enlivened by some outraged oratory (the price "represents about 650,000 bushels of wheat, or 6,000 grain-fed steers"), Parliament agreed to pick up the tab for Rubens' The Entombment of Christ, Martini's St. Catherine and Chardin's The Governess and Returning from, the Market.

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