Published On: Wed, Dec 14th, 2016

Centre Point Tower developer Harry Hyams Left Greatest art donation in British history worth $498 million

One of the finest art collections in private hands is to be made public in one of the biggest charitable bequests in English history.

Harry Hyams was reclusive but immensely successful Credit PA

Harry Hyams, the property magnate who built the landmark Centre Point Tower in London, left £387 million ($498.34 million) out of his total £487 million estate to the public.

One year after his death, Hyams’ wide collection of fine art, antiques and vintage vehicles will now be preserved for the nation and put on display at his Wiltshire country home, Ramsbury Manor, for public viewing.

The Capricorn Foundation, established by Hyams in 2010, will loan paintings and sculptures to museums and galleries

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Capricorn Foundation trustee Diana Rawstron told the Telegraph: “Mr Hyams was a very private person and Ramsbury Manor was his private home. Converting it in a sympathetic and appropriate way to public use will take some time.

Hyams’ 398 foot high Centre Point office tower, located at the junction of Oxford Circus and Tottenham Court Road, is regarded as one of the most important developments in post-war Britain and dominates London’s West End skyline. Since 1995, it has been listed as a Grade II building and was converted from office space into luxury flats in early 2015.

Hyams again made one more landmark in the British life: The biggest charitable bequests in English history.

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