NEW YORK — Simon Property Group Wednesday added a partner, an ultimatum and $2 a share to its fight to gain control of Taubman Centers Inc.

After battling on its own for two months, Simon joined with Westfield America in a $20-a-share revised bid for Taubman, upping its valuation to $1.7 billion from the earlier $1.5 billion. The revised offer represents a 50 percent premium to Taubman’s price when Simon first made its written acquisition proposal at $17.50 a share on Nov. 13 and a 25 percent premium to Tuesday’s closing price.

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