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Wal-Mart Heir's Bid for Art Riles Philadelphians

A bid by Wal-Mart heiress Alice Walton to purchase the 1875 Thomas Eakins painting "The Gross Clinic" is causing an outcry in Philadelphia, where many consider it part of the city's cultural landscape.

Walton, ranked by Forbes as the world's ninth-richest person, is building a museum of American art in Bentonville, Ark. -- but her acquisitions have rankled some.

Joel Rose of member station WHYY reports.

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Joel Rose is a correspondent on NPR's National Desk. He covers immigration and breaking news.