Albuquerque Journal

O’Keeffe Museum founder to auction art


DALLAS — An art collection worth an estimated $150 million that belonged to the late Texas oil and ranching heiress Anne Marion is going up for auction this spring in New York.

Sotheby’s said Wednesday that Marion’s private collection includes works by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenste­in and Franz Kline.

Marion, who founded the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, died last year at 81. She and her husband, John Marion, a former Sotheby’s chairman and auctioneer, establishe­d the museum in 1997.

Sotheby’s said three masterwork­s at the heart of the collection are each expected to sell for over $20 million. They are: Warhol’s “Elvis 2 Times,” Richard Diebenkorn’s “Ocean Park No. 40” and Clyfford Still’s “PH-125 (1948No. 1).”

Marion, the great-granddaugh­ter of Capt. Samuel Burk Burnett, was heiress to the historic Four Sixes Ranch in King County, West Texas.

Sotheby’s said the masterwork­s that formed her art collection were featured in her Fort Worth home, which was designed by architect I.M. Pei.

Sotheby’s said that a number of other works from her collection will be gifted to the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth.

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