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The Burnett Foundation will sell off its set of four Matisse bronze "Backs", which it acquired in 1982 and put on display in Burnett park, before moving them to the Kimbell Art Museum in 2000. The Backs, at an estimated $48 million each, are now too expensive for the charitable foundation to own, proceeds from the sale will be used to support main mission of the foundation, which focuses on health, education, human services and arts initiatives. For the Kimbell’s stewardship of "The Backs" over the past 10 years, the foundation said it will give them Henry Moore’s "Figure in Shelter" and Fernand Leger’s "La Fleur qui Marche." Both have been on loan to the museum for the past 21 years.

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