In 1967, Picasso’s "Les deux frères" and "Arlequin assis" were to be offered for sale on the international market. The people of Basel approved the allocation of CHF 6 million of taxpayer funds and raised another CHF 2 million during a “beggars’ festival,” enabling the Öffentliche Kunstsammlung Basel, the municipal art collection of Basel, to purchase the two paintings. Picasso was so moved that he donated four more works to the city.

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