One of the world’s top collectors Sheikh Al-Thani dies suddenly, aged 48' Art Newspaper 10 November 2014).
Sheikh Al-Thani, a distant cousin of the current Emir, served as Qatar’s minister of culture from 1997 until 2005 and oversaw an ambitious museum building programme for the oil and gas-rich Gulf state. He also built a massive collections of antiquities, photography, Chinese and Islamic art (many of his purchases in this field are now on display in the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha) [...] In 2012, a High Court judge in London froze $15m worth of his assets as part of a dispute over unpaid bills to auction houses. The numismatic auctioneers Baldwin’s, Dmitry Markov and M&M Numismatics, accused him of defaulting on bids for items from the Prospero Collection [...] of Greek coins.' Buyer of Prospero Collection Coins Reportedly Having Trouble Paying', PACHI Sunday, 18 November 2012.
Vignette: the late Sheikh.
Dorothy King has some more details and a slightly different perspective: 'RIP Sheikh Al-Thani' PhDiva Monday, November 10, 2014.