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La Salle University to auction off 46 pieces of art

La Salle University is selling 46 pieces of art from its well-regarded museum collection to help the Philadelphia school fund its five-year plan

Published on January 3, 2018 12:10PM

Last changed on January 3, 2018 5:03PM

This undated image provided by the La Salle University Art Museum in Philadelphia shows a 1784 oil-on-canvas work by French painter Hubert Robert titled

The Associated Press

This undated image provided by the La Salle University Art Museum in Philadelphia shows a 1784 oil-on-canvas work by French painter Hubert Robert titled "The Tomb of Virgil at Posilipo, near Naples." The painting is one of 46 artworks that La Salle University in Philadelphia announced Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, it will sell through Christie's auction house to help fund the Roman Catholic university's five-year plan. A university spokeswoman says the sale, tentatively set to begin in March 2018, could bring between $4 million and $7 million, and possibly much more. (Jack Ramsdale/La Salle University Art Museum via AP)

This March 18, 2015, image provided by the La Salle University Art Museum in Philadelphia shows an 1865 oil-over-print work by French painter Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres titled

The Associated Press

This March 18, 2015, image provided by the La Salle University Art Museum in Philadelphia shows an 1865 oil-over-print work by French painter Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres titled "Virgil Reading the Aeneid Before Augustus." The painting is one of 46 artworks that La Salle University in Philadelphia announced Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, it will sell through Christie's auction house to help fund the Roman Catholic university's five-year plan. A university spokeswoman says the sale, tentatively set to begin in March 2018, could bring between $4 million and $7 million, and possibly much more. (La Salle University Art Museum via AP)

This undated image provided by the La Salle University Art Museum in Philadelphia shows a late 18th-century oil-on-canvas painting by an unknown French artist titled

The Associated Press

This undated image provided by the La Salle University Art Museum in Philadelphia shows a late 18th-century oil-on-canvas painting by an unknown French artist titled "Myrrha Fleeing After Being Discovered in Her Father's (King Cinyras') Bed." The painting is one of 46 artworks that La Salle University in Philadelphia announced Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, it will sell through Christie's auction house to help fund the Roman Catholic university's five-year plan. A university spokeswoman says the sale, tentatively set to begin in March 2018, could bring between $4 million and $7 million, and possibly much more. (La Salle University Art Museum via AP)


PHILADELPHIA (AP) La Salle University is selling 46 pieces of art from its museum collection to help the Philadelphia school fund its five-year plan.

A spokeswoman for the Roman Catholic university says the sale could bring $4 million to $7 million, and possibly much more.

Christie's auction house has been selected to handle the sale, which is tentatively set for March.

The sale includes a wide range of styles and genres, including paintings by American realist Thomas Eakins and early 17th century Italian Bartolomeo Manfredi.

Christies says the most valuable works include Elisabeth Frink's "Walking Madonna" bronze statue and Georges Rouault's oil painting "The Last Romantic."

The university, which has about 3,200 students, has been trying to bounce back from a deficit and layoffs. It also has slashed tuition to battle an enrollment decline.



 

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