Art: The Cure

At 70, Manhattan Lawyer Alfred H. Holbrook seemed an incurable collector of paintings. He was, he says, "like a toper who took one swig at the fount of art appreciation and went on a 40-year binge." Between sprees, Collector Holbrook wanted to find out why the habit had such a hold on him. This year he enrolled as an art student at the University of Georgia in Athens, where his classmates were 61 coeds. Last week he still had no logical explanation of his craving for art. But grateful Student Holbrook had presented his entire $175,000 collection, acquired over four decades,...

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