Man pays $2.4 million for celebrity photos. Man agrees to pay an additional $2.4 million to the photographer if his tax avoidance scheme pays off. Man donates photos to a government agency and values gift at $20 million. Another government agency balks at accepting that valuation, perhaps because the market value of the art would seem to be $2.4 million, since that’s what he paid for it.
The New York Times is unsure if this is a tax grab. Maybe. The man is also puzzled. He can’t understand why his actions aren’t “being celebrated.”
We were asked to help facilitate a major gift to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia that would provide it with a unique collection of art from one of the world’s most praised photographers and that’s exactly what we did.
Note the passive construction. He declines to mention who asked him.