26 Days: All In The Family
Earlier this week, a woman in Hong Kong paid $19.5 million for a Qing dynasty bowl that had been put up for auction by her own brother.
Yesterday, a 1954 Norman Rockwell painting hidden by the late cartoonist Don Trachte behind a fake wall in his Vermont home sold for $15.4 million. Trachte had successfully kept Breaking Home Ties from his ex-wife.
Together, that’s $34.9 million in art that people really felt strongly about holding on to — about half what’s needed to pay for The Gross Clinic.
Add to that Steve Martin’s Edward Hopper Hotel Window, which sold yesterday in New York to an anonymous bidder for $26.9 million, and throw in the pair of Russian porcelain vases just sold in London, and you have $68 million – the price of keeping the Eakins in its hometown.