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Simon, Nortonlocked

(b Portland, OR, Feb 5, 1907; d Los Angeles, CA, June 2, 1993).
  • A. Deirdre Robson

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American entrepreneur and collector. A shrewd financier, Simon built a fortune through corporate takeovers before forming in 1968 the $1 billion Norton Simon Inc. In 1953 his personal wealth was estimated at $35 million, and in 1954 he made his first purchases of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art, ostensibly to decorate a new house. His first major purchase was Pissarro’s ...

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