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Fitzwilliam Museum raised millions to buy masterpiece

Nicolas Poussin's 'Extreme Unction' Credit: ITV Anglia

The Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge has raised the £3.9 million needed to buy Nicolas Poussin's masterpiece Extreme Unction.

The target has been reached after the Heritage Lottery Fund gave the museum a grant of over three million pounds. The rest of the money was donated by the public and charities.

The picture is actually valued at fourteen million pounds but the Fitzwilliam has been able to buy it under the Government's Acceptance in Lieu scheme. It's hoped the painting will go on display in Cambridge next month.


Appeal to save historic painting for the nation

The Fitzwilliam museum in Cambridge is appealing for donations to help buy a 17th Century painting worth £14m. But a government scheme means it could buy the piece for a lot less.

The "Extreme Unction" by French artist Nicolas Poussin is described as an exceptional masterpiece and today it went on display in London as part of the fundraising campaign.


Man in court over multi-million art theft

The items stolen are valued at £10 million Credit: ITV Anglia

A man is due before magistrates today after Chinese artwork with an estimated value of £10 million was stolen from the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.

The man has been charged with theft and conspiracy to commit burglary.

He is the third person to be charged in connection with the raid.

Third arrest in Fitzwilliam Museum investigation

A third man arrested in connection with the theft of chinese art from the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge has been bailed. 18 items were stolen last month, valued at more than ten million pounds. The 31-year-old from London arrested yesterday on suspicion of money laundering.

A 28-year-old man and a teenager have already been charged with the thefts.

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