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Gapers Block published from April 22, 2003 to Jan. 1, 2016. The site will remain up in archive form. Please visit Third Coast Review, a new site by several GB alumni.
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Saturday, July 20

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Ever dreamt of taking home one of the paintings you've seen at the Art Institute? Drop the dough next week, and it could happen. Today's Times reports on the plans of various national museums to auction off work they no longer see as important to their collections. Critics say moves like this are short-sighted, but trustees say they need to free up funds for other acquisitions. Sotheby's will handle the sale of the two AIC pieces: Chagall's "Le Jongleur," estimated at $2.5-3.5m, and Renoir's "Portrait de Jeanne Sisley," a steal at half a mil. (Reg. req'd for site, though several logins appear at bugmenot.)

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