The Daily Frame

BY Tom LeGro  July 18, 2012 at 11:34 AM EDT

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Godffrey Evans, principal curator of European Applied Art, holds a Byzantine sardonyx bowl mounted on a 16th century gold stand, the most valuable object to enter the collection of the National Museum of Scotland. Acquired from the estate of the late Edmund de Rothschild, the object was allocated to museum under the acceptance in lieu scheme, which allows donors to leave major works of art to the nation in lieu of inheritance tax. Photo by Jeff J. Mitchell/Getty Images.