NEW YORK, Maine — Well-wishers and bidders packed the East 82nd Street gallery of the Adelson Galleries in New York City on Monday, Nov. 29, for an auction of museum-quality artworks to benefit the Farnsworth Art Museum’s Andrew Wyeth Memorial Endowment. Twelve pieces, contributed by individuals specifically for the auction, were sold at the event.
The evening’s highlight was the sale of Jamie Wyeth’s early work, “Portrait of Andrew Wyeth,” which fetched $2.4 million, a record amount for a Jamie Wyeth painting.
The live auction was preceded by a high-profile reception celebrating the life and artistic legacy of Andrew Wyeth. The reception was attended by Jamie Wyeth and his wife Phyllis, antiques expert Leigh Keno and David Rockefeller Sr., among others.
“The campaign is now well on its way,” Farnsworth Art Museum Director Christopher J. Brownawell said in a news release, “and this speaks volumes for the amount of support the Farnsworth continues to attract on the national scene, as well as the quality of the Farnsworth collection.”
Launched in September 2009, the Farnsworth’s Andrew Wyeth Memorial Endowment campaign will support the maintenance and operation of four of the Farnsworth Art Museum’s properties: the Olson House in Cushing, and the Wyeth Center, Wyeth Study Center and Wyeth Research Center in Rockland. The Farnsworth Art Museum began acquiring works by Andrew Wyeth in advance of its 1948 opening, and now is proud to own more than 60 works by members of the Wyeth family.
The Farnsworth Art Museum offers a nationally recognized collection of works from many American artists, with 20,000 square feet of gallery space and over 10,000 works in the collection. For information, visit www.farnsworthmuseum.org.
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The 1969 oil painting, “Portrait of Andrew Wyeth” by Andrew’s son Jamie Wyeth, sold for $2.4 million at an auction to benefit the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland. It was a record amount for a Jamie Wyeth painting.