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Phillips de Pury Announces the Sale of Mrs. Harry N. Abrams’ Estate

NEW YORK, NY.- Nina Abrams died a few days short of her 98th birthday in February 2008, at her Putnam Valley, New York, home. She was married to Harry N. Abrams for 46 years. Harry, the art book publisher who started Harry N. Abrams, Inc. in 1949, was the first in the United States to specialize in the creation and distribution of art books. Harry died in 1979 at which time Nina began to sell or gift the major pieces to institutions such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Art Institute of Chicago. She donated the proceeds to many causes including: The Natural Resources Defense Council, Southern Poverty Law Center, Population Connection, Channel Thirteen, Long Island University, Rhode Island School of Design, the World Land Trust and the Hudson Highlands Land Trust. Not surprisingly she left the bulk of her own estate, including the proceeds of this sale, to these and other charities. Nina retained works with which she and her husband had felt the strongest emotional ties.