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Proviso Probe

Sunday, July 29, 2007

La Grange Park woman hoardes artist's work for decades

An elderly La Grange Park woman had a bunch of artwork by Alfred Juergens. See Chicago Tribune (Ofelia Casillas).
By the time they had an expert look at them, they had collected 85 watercolors, sketches, and oils on canvas and wood, all by American impressionist Alfred Juergens -- an unprecedented and unexpected collection with a value that would start, conservatively, in the hundreds of thousands of dollars....

"One of the issues has been, there haven't been many important Juergens paintings that surface for sale. If 70 have been in one spot for all these years, that would explain why," [Richard] Norton said. [Norton directs an art gallery specializing in Juergens period.]

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