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Fondation Beyeler Founder Ernst Beyeler Dies at 88 in Basel

Henri Rousseau - Le liont ayant faim se jette sur l’antilope, 1905 - Collection of the Foundation Beyeler art museum in Riehen, Switzerland.

GENEVA (AP).- Ernst Beyeler, whose early
eye for undervalued Picassos and Impressionists helped him assemble one of
Europe’s most famous art collections, has died, his Beyeler Foundation said
Friday. He was 88. Beyeler died Thursday evening at his home near Basel, said
the museum, which he created 13 years ago out of his sprawling gallery of
Beyeler, the son of a Swiss railway employee, became a
widely respected art patron after World War II by acquiring hundreds of works by
Pablo Picasso, Paul Cezanne, Claude Monet, Henri Matisse and others. He
presented them to the public in his Basel gallery and later in the foundation he
founded near the German border. Funeral arrangements were not immediately known.

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William Ansley Contemporary Art Glass Collection to be Auctioned

INDIANAPOLIS, IN.- An advanced but intentionally low-key collector, the late William D. “Bill” Ansley amassed a select private collection of contemporary art glass over a 40-year period, and in so doing, created a panoramic three-dimensional history of Murano production. To the amazement of his fellow collectors, Ansley accomplished this feat almost entirely from his home base of Topeka, Kansas, said Dan Ripley, whose Antique Helper Galleries will auction the collection in its entirety in a single-consignor sale on Dec. 19, 2009. “In cataloging the collection, I got the feeling that Mr. Ansley probably bought most of the glass in the Midwest,” said Ripley. “There are pieces in his collection that we’ve identified in catalogs from early-1990s auctions in St. Louis…Dealers knew what he was looking for, and he would have been the first phone call when a special piece of glass became availabl