Arts: Up America

Up America

In 1951, a collector bought a painting for $2,700. He kept it for some 15 years and then sold it to Dr. Irving F. Burton, a Detroit pediatrician, for approximately $37,000. Five years later Dr. Burton sent it to Sotheby Parke Bernet, where it was auctioned with the rest of his collection last month. It was knocked down for $250,000. Thus far the script looks banal—"Impressionism for Fun and Profit." But the painting was not by an Impressionist, nor even by a European. It was Steelworkers —Noontime, by Thomas Anshutz, and its price established an auction record for...

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