UPDATE 1-UK fund to buy Anglo's Chile copper mines - paper
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SANTIAGO Aug 8 (Reuters) - A British investment fund will buy the Chilean copper assets being sold by global miner Anglo American Plc, a Chilean newspaper reported on Saturday, without naming its source or identifying the fund.
The Mantoverde and Mantos Blancos copper mines are expected to fetch between $500 million and $1 billion. Mining and trading company Glencore Plc, former Xstrata Chief Executive Officer Mick Davis' X2, and British investment firm Audley Capital were among the first round of bidders, sources told Reuters in June.
"Anglo American is close to completing the sale of (the two mines) and the buyer will be an English investment fund," said El Mercurio, without giving further details or citing sources.
Anglo said it would not comment on speculation surrounding its asset sales. (Reporting by Rosalba O'Brien and Olivia Kumwenda; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky and Lisa Shumaker)
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