20th Century Financial Titan and Top Modern Art Collector Roy R. Neuberger Dies at 107

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NEW YORK, NY.- Roy R. Neuberger, a Wall Street investor who became one of the nation’s top modern art collectors, has died. He was 107. Neuberger died Friday at his home in Manhattan’s Pierre Hotel, said Rich Chimberg, a spokesman for the Neuberger Berman firm. Neuberger had survived Wall Street’s three major crises with enough money to build one of the largest private collections of major contemporary masterpieces. He acquired hundreds of paintings and sculptures by such artists as Milton Avery, Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe and others. But he never sold any work by a living artist, believing collectors should buy contemporary art and keep it, while giving the public access. The works are now scattered at 70 institutions in 24 states — many at the Neuberger Museum of Art in Purchase, north of New York City. At a White House ceremony in 2007, President George W. Bush presented him with a National Medal of Arts. Neuberger was a consummat