The New Zealand Herald

Victim art collector


The man killed in a blaze at New York City’s Trump Tower was an art collector who spent time with Andy Warhol, but fell on hard financial times in recent years and went through bankruptcy proceeding­s. Todd Brassner, 67, died after a fire tore through his 50th-floor apartment in the high-rise, which was constructe­d at a time when building codes did not require the residentia­l section to have sprinklers. It did have smoke detectors. A cause of the fire had not yet been determined. Brassner, who bought his unit in 1996, is mentioned in Warhol’s diaries. The artist signed and dedicated at least one print to him.

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