04.11.05

Art for Books

Posted in Books, Culture at 3:56 pm by Mithridates

The New York Public Library has decided to sell 19 works of art from its collection - including “Kindred Spirits,” a widely admired landscape by the Hudson River School painter Asher B. Durand, and two seminal portraits of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart - so that it can better compete in acquisitions of important books and collections.

Sotheby’s, which has been retained by the library, estimates that the works will sell for $50 million to $75 million. The transactions will be handled either privately or by public auction. Paul LeClerc, the library’s president, said all of the money would go toward buying books, manuscripts and other works on paper and toward bolstering the library’s endowment.

Full story here. A large picture of Durand’s Kindred Spirits can be found here.

Monday Miscellany II

Posted in Books, Computing, Culture, History, Language, Philately at 11:34 am by Mithridates