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$100M Donated To San Marino’s Huntington Library

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(credit: AP/Aaron Favila)

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SAN MARINO (AP) — A record $100 million-plus gift is being made by the estate of a Los Angeles art collector and philanthropist to the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in Southern California.

The San Marino institution announced the donation Tuesday from the estate of Frances Lasker Brody, who was 93 when she died last year. She served as a member of Huntington’s board of overseers for 20 years.

Huntington president Steven Koblik says 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. Brody’s home is on the market for more than $24 million and income from the sale goes to the Huntington.

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