Baroque bequest from Sir Denis

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A MULTI-MILLION pound collection of paintings built up by art historian Sir Denis Mahon has been given to the nation.

The 57 Italian Baroque masterpieces have been shared between six museums and galleries, including the Scottish National Gallery.

Sir Denis, who died in 2011, built up the collection and left it to the Art Fund charity, along with a 
£1 million bequest.

The paintings, with a reported value of £100m, were already on long-term loan to the respective museums.