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Western art collected by T. Boone Pickens offered at auction

ByReiss Bowler

Sep 11, 2020

DALLAS (AP) – Artwork depicting the American West and other pieces collected by late Texas oil magnate T. Boone Pickens are expected to be sold at auction for more than $ 15 million.

Christie’s said Thursday that the auction will take place in New York on Oct. 28. Christie’s said the art collection spans more than a century, with works ranging from Frederic Remington’s “The Signal” of 1900 to Howard Terpning’s “Flags on the Frontier” of 2001.

Tylee Abbott, an American art specialist at Christie’s, said that the works collected by Pickens were “an extension of himself, a kind of self-portrait of the collector.”

“The art with which he chose to surround himself consistently shows the bold, quirky characters of the West and the endurance of the American spirit,” Abbott said.

The approximately 75 pieces to be auctioned include paintings, sculptures, watches, and cufflinks.

Pickens, who grew up in Holdenville, Oklahoma, died at his home in Dallas last September on September 11 at the age of 91.

His alma mater, Oklahoma State University, marks the anniversary of his death Friday with a virtual dedication of his childhood home, which moved to Stillwater last year. The house is now located at the Karsten Creek Golf Club, home to Oklahoma State’s golf teams.

Pickens, who has donated more than half a billion dollars to the university, is buried outside the window of his nursery.

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