Art: Million-Dollar Master

Until she died last February at 84, sprightly Mrs. Anna Erickson occupied a special place in the art world. Her late husband was an advertising tycoon (McCann-Erickson, Inc.) who, with a connoisseur's taste, had begun a small collection of paintings that she kept adding to. In the end, the collection had only 24 works, but it was one that made the mouths of museum directors water.

Over the years a steady stream of experts paraded by the collection in admiration and envy. Sir Kenneth Clark was charmed, and so was Critic Alfred Frankfurter, editor...

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