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Ramsbury Manor application

Property magnate’s art collection could be displayed at new exhibition centre at his former home

A collection of art amassed by the late property developer Harry Hyams could go on display at his former home in Wiltshire if plans are given the go-ahead.

The millionaire – once one of the richest people in Britain – left his art collection – which includes works by Turner, Rembrandt, and Rubens and was valued at £450 million when his will was published in 2016 – to the nation.

Now a planning application has been lodged to build an exhibition centre at Ramsbury Manor, near Marlborough, to display art, a dozen rare classic cars, and antiques collected by the businessman.

The development would also include the construction of a lecture theatre and education centre and would replace a number of large barns that currently occupy the site.

Mr Hyams was a speculative property developer best known for the Centre Point office building in London.

In 1965 he bought the 17th century Grade I listed Ramsbury Manor and the surrounding land for £650,000 – said at the time to be the highest price paid for a private house in England.

The application has been submitted by the Ramsbury Manor Foundation, which was set up to conserve Mr Hyams’ collections after his death.