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$100 million gift for Huntington Library

November 16, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino is getting its biggest gift ever.The estate of Frances Lasker Brody, a Los Angeles art collector and philanthropist, is giving a record $100 million-plus gift to the Huntington Library.

The announcement was made Tuesday by the San Marino institution.

Brody, who was 93 when she died last year, served as a member of Huntington's board of overseers for 20 years.

Huntington president Steven Koblik said the money will focus on the botanical gardens and will provide needed financial stability to the institution.

The Huntington received $15 million from the Brody estate in October and another $80 million last week. The income of Brody's home, costing more than $24 million, will also go to the Huntington.