Art: Bonanza for Philadelphia

That landmark of modern art, Duchamp's Nude Descending a Staircase, found its final resting place last week: the Philadelphia Museum. What's more, a prime version of another historymaker, Brancusi's abstract sculpture, Bird in Space, alighted in the same spot. These headliners were just a part of one of the most superb School-of-Paris collections ever made, the 1,000-item, $2,000,000 life-work of Walter Arensberg, 72, rich California scholar, and his wife Louise. Their collection, which fills their servantless Los Angeles house from floor to ceiling (and which includes pre-Columbian sculpture), will move to Philadelphia...

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