Silicon Valley Pioneer Gifts $14 Million in Art to Fowler Museum

Fowler Museum at UCLA
Fowler Museum at UCLA

Silicon Valley pioneer Jay Last and his wife, Deborah, have given a collection of African wood and ivory carvings valued at about $14 million to the Fowler Museum at UCLA. The couple gifted the 92 objects in honor of the museum's 50th anniversary.

Carved figures, masks and various implements made in wood and ivory by the Lega people of the Democratic Republic of Congo comprise the gift, as first reported by art blogger William Poundstone.

Jay Last is known as the "father" of Silicon Valley for his early work in semiconductors. He and his wife have been collectors for many years.


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