Museums: The Gateway's Oriental Treasure

San Francisco has long been the U.S.'s gateway to the Orient. There, clipper ships embarked, coolies came to build the transcontinental railroad, and the largest Chinese colony in the New World was established. To embellish it, Avery Brundage, 78, president of both the U.S. and more recently the international Olympic committee and millionaire builder as well, last week opened a new wing containing his collection of Oriental art, which doubles the size of the M. H. de Young Museum.

Estimates of Brundage's collection start at $30 million. Says the crusty old gent who once bounced Eleanor Holm from the Olympic...

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