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Photo buff and Lincoln aficionado Keya Morgan purchased the picture from Ulysses S. Grant VI for a cool $50,000. It will join Morgan’s collection of artifacts and original images, worth roughly $25 million, the AP reported.
SPEAKING OF ART: Well-known Northern California artist and humanitarian Duane Armstrong recently donated 59 oil paintings valued at more than $1.7 million to Cal Poly’s Graphic Communication Department, according to department head Harvey Levenson.
“This is an outstanding gift and a tremendous investment,” Levenson states. “Other types of investments are on the decline, but art tends to appreciate. There are no strings attached to the gift; we may keep the paintings, display them, sell them, rent them, lend them to galleries or produce limited- edition prints. We plan to do some of each.”
Some of the donated paintings are by Armstrong’s wife, Annie Armstrong, who specializes in shells and floral images. The paintings have been appraised by an independent art appraiser, and the values range from about $6,500 to $87,000 each. Anyone who buys a painting will receive an appraisal.
The oil paintings, some with 70 coats of paint, range in size from a few square feet to approximately 7x7 feet.
During four decades as an artist, Armstrong, who was raised in San Luis Obispo, has created more than 7,000 fine art paintings and has influenced countless young artists.
For more information on the Armstrong collection, contact Levenson at (805) 756-6151, (805) 756-1108 or firstname.lastname@example.org.