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November 05, 2014

St. Louis Museum Receives $50-Million Art Trove

The estate of a publishing mogul and his late wife has donated 225 works of American and Asian art collectively worth at least $50-million to the Saint Louis Art Museum, writes the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The collection amassed by Charles Claude Johnson Spink, publisher of The Sporting News, and Edith Spink, who served 20 years as mayor of suburban Ladue, Mo., includes paintings by Norman Rockwell, Rembrandt Peale, and Andrew and Jamie Wyeth as well as more than 200 Asian ceramics, bronzes, and other pieces, some dating back thousands of years.

Mr. Spink died in 1992, his wife in 2011. Museum officials said the couple had long planned to donate their collection to the institution and began buying Asian works, with curators' input, specifically to fill gaps in the museum's holdings.