Art: Expensive Apples

Paris' elegant Galerie Charpentier in the Faubourg-St. Honoré was jammed one day last week. The overflow crowd streamed through the doors and into the street, making the situation so trying that when Pianist Artur Rubinstein pushed his way to the fore, the management was reduced to making a pregnant woman (a non-buyer, no doubt) give up her seat to him. The crowd had come for the sale of the year—the 46 paintings from the collection of the late Margaret Thompson Biddle, who was the ex-wife of Anthony Drexel Biddle Jr. of Philadelphia.

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