- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 9, 2007

Art museum planned

The founder of Gap Inc. plans to build a vast museum near the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge to house his collection of contemporary art, much of which has remained hidden from public view.

Donald Fisher, 78, said yesterday that he hopes to erect the 100,000-square-foot museum in the Presidio, the one-time military base that is a national park overlooking the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay.

The collection of more than 1,000 pieces amassed by Mr. Fisher and his wife, Doris, includes work by such contemporary stalwarts as Andy Warhol, Alexander Calder, Roy Lichtenstein and Gerhard Richter. Experts believe the collection could fetch more than $1 billion in today’s buoyant art market.

“I’m concerned about what happens to the collection,” Mr. Fisher said. “I don’t want to turn around and sell it, and I don’t want it to be sold when I pass away. I’d like it to be seen.”

Most of the work is in the Fishers’ homes and in two galleries at the San Francisco headquarters of Gap, the retail giant the couple founded in 1969.

Mr. Fisher hopes to open the museum in three years. It first must undergo an environmental review and receive approval from the park’s board before going forward.

Judgment on O.J.

O.J. Simpson must pay the family of the late Ronald Goldman any money he earns from a video game featuring his likeness to satisfy a $38 million wrongful death judgment, a judge ruled Tuesday.

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge ordered that any money be turned over to Mr. Goldman’s father, Fred Goldman.

The game, All-Pro Football 2K8, features Mr. Simpson’s likeness playing as one of 240 former football greats.

Mr. Simpson, who lives in Miami, was acquitted of murder in the 1994 killings of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman but was found liable in civil court.

Mr. Simpson owes Mr. Goldman’s family the $38 million as part of that lawsuit. Goldman estate attorney David Cook welcomed the court order and accused Mr. Simpson of profiting from his public persona.

Calls to Mr. Simpson’s attorney were not immediately returned Tuesday.

The judge also ordered Mr. Simpson to turn over all correspondence, documents and contracts with the video game’s publisher, Take-Two Interactive Software, to the Goldman family. The court’s order did not detail how much money Mr. Simpson might have earned from the deal.

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