Not all of it of course, the 200 artworks legendary adman and equally legendary art collector Charles Saatchi is giving the UK don’t include everything he’s bought – like the Damien Hirsts for example.
But the collection, valued at £25m, does include Tracey Emin’s famous unmade bed. Maybe wife Nigella Lawson wants it off the premises (his new gallery in Chelsea).
Anyway Charles has always had a gift for publicity in all his life roles. He also has a long memory, he’s been feuding with Tate Modern director Nicholas Serota for years and maybe he sees this as a knockout punch.
But it’s a nice gesture by Charlie (he hates being called Charlie) who is still viewed fondly (mostly) by the people he worked with as, first, an ace copywriter at Benton & Bowles, Collett Dickenson Pearce, Cramer Saatchi, Saatchi & Saatchi and, very briefly, M&C Saatchi.
Will he accept the knighthood that will inevitably be offered?
He might just confound us all by so doing. His father-in-law Lord Lawson, Margaret Thatcher’s chancellor Nigel Lawson, would surely approve.