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UCI receives huge art collection of rarely seen pieces valued at tens of millions of dollars

By in Press Enterprise on November 15, 2017

By Roxana Kopetman

IRVINE – UC Irvine will be the new home of a California art collection said to be worth tens of millions of dollars – a gift from a Newport Beach developer who squirreled away artwork that few have seen.

Gerald Buck, who died in 2013, bequeathed more than 3,200 original works to the university, which plans to exhibit the art, along with other pieces, in a new museum to be built on campus.

The collection, art experts said Tuesday, will make UCI a destination for art lovers.

  • “Children’s Playground” by Ben Messick, 1936, oil on canvas, was one of the pieces donated to UC Irvine by the trust of Gerald Buck, a Newport Beach developer. The university announced the donation Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017. (Courtesy of UCI)

  • Stephen Barker, dean of UCI's Claire Trevor School of the Arts, examines some of the paintings in the collection, which Gerald E. Buck kept, in part, at a private location in Laguna Beach. (Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI)

    Stephen Barker, dean of UCI’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts, examines some of the paintings in the collection, which Gerald E. Buck kept, in part, at a private location in Laguna Beach. (Photo by Steve Zylius/UCI)

  • “Springtime” by Maurice Braun, oil on canvas, was one of the pieces donated to UC Irvine by the trust of Gerald Buck, a Newport Beach developer. The university announced the donation on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017. (Courtesy of UCI)

    “Springtime” by Maurice Braun, oil on canvas, was one of the pieces donated to UC Irvine by the trust of Gerald Buck, a Newport Beach developer. The university announced the donation on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017. (Courtesy of UCI)

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