For the nation?
So Titian's Diana and Aecteon will remain in the National Galleries of Scotland, at least for the next eight months.
Details of the joint funding package were announced in Edinburgh on Monday morning - the biggest pledges coming from the Scottish Government and the National Galleries in London, who each offered £12.5m.
Interesting to note that only the Scottish Government was represented on the platform at the press conference (Westminster would presumably argue that since they fund the national galleries in London, their contribution was equal to that of the Scottish government. Although on the strength of that argument, the Scottish Government pledged closer to £17m because part of the package includes £4.6m from the Scottish galleries' acquisition pot.)
So why is the Scottish government so keen to play its part, particularly in the midst of a worldwide recession?
It may be that today's acquisition also secures the whole of the Bridgewater Collection for the next 21 years.
The 5th Earl of Ellesmere - later Sixth Duke of Sutherland - loaned the collection to the National Galleries of Scotland in the 1940s.
Every Prime Minister since 1945 has been briefed about the collection's cultural importance, and has to be informed if it is ever broken up or offered for sale.
With eight works by Poussin - in their own specially designed room - a Rembrandt, three Raphaels and the four Titian paintings, they raise Edinburgh's collection dramatically in terms of international art.
There were originally 32 Old Masters in the loan, but the National Galleries of Scotland acquired four paintings by Private Treaty in 1984 with funding from the National Heritage Memorial Fund.
In 2003, they acquired another Titian - Venus Anadyomene partially in lieu of inheritance tax, so it is easy to understand the concerns of Labour MP Ian Davidson, who feels it's a lot of public money to shell out to the Duke of Sutherland - who's already one of the richest men in Scotland.
It's a difficult balance to strike in the current climate - not least since they're tied in to raising a further £50m for the partner painting Diana and Callisto.
Most of the people we spoke to on the streets of Edinburgh were quietly confident the right decision had been taken, although some questioned the timing.
It'll be interesting to see what the view is in other parts of the UK - with little access to the Titian.
And as for the latest publicly-owned artwork, it had a less than audacious start.
Sealed off behind the cordons of a media conference until 11am, closed to the public completely by lunchtime, along with the rest of the National Galleries complex on the Mound - the result of a burst water main on Princes Street.
We're told it'll be business as usual from Tuesday.