Italian princesses's claim for share of British art collector's £800m fortune backed by DNA

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She is the Italian Princess who for 25 years has fought to receive a share of one of the world’s most treasured art collections after claiming her mother was the secret love child of a famed British aesthete.

Now, Dialta Orlandi is poised to inherit a large slice of an estate thought to be worth up to £800 million, containing both the superb 6,000-piece collection and an exquisite Florentine villa, after DNA results confirmed she is the grand-daughter of Arthur Acton.

The bitter legal feud began after Arthur’s son, Sir Harold Acton, an art connoisseur born in Italy, died childless aged 89 in 1994. 

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