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September 03, 2014

A Young Museum's Ancient Antiquities are a Hit in France

Musée d’Art Classique de Mougins, a museum of ancient antiquities opened in 2011, has become an unlikely attraction in the South of France, The New York Times reports.

Located in the hills above Cannes, it was the only French museum nominated for the 2013 European museum of the year, and it shared the Ken d'Or 2012 award for best museum with the Louvre.

It is home to a unique collection of Greek helmets, Roman shields, Egyptian sarcophagi, and more, assembled during more than a decade of collecting by hedge fund manager Christian Levett. He has also purchased classically themed works by Rubens, Matisse, Chagall, Picasso, and others, which are displayed alongside the older pieces to illustrate the enduring influence of antiquities.

Mr. Levett said he will finance the museum until it begins to turn a profit.