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Anderson Ranch auction a smash

Aspen Times Staff Report

The Anderson Ranch Arts Center smashed all of its previous fund-raising records last weekend during its annual art auction.

The event raised $530,000, compared to $336,000 the previous year and $286,000 in 1997. The money will go toward the center’s arts programs.

“We are excited by this year’s level of support,” said James Baker, executive director. “It resulted from a team effort: artists contributing excellent work, dedicated board and staff preparing the event and generous bidders showing their support.”

Several hundred art collectors and ranch supporters attended this year’s auction, held at the new Schermer Meeting Hall. Approximately 200 pieces of art were up for grabs, including pieces by renowned artists such as James Surls, Judy Dater and Ed Paschke, as well as work by young artists.

The highest ticket item was a pedestal table by Sam Maloof, a longtime supporter of the ranch who is well known in the field of woodworking. His table sold for $40,000.

Other big-ticket items included Andy Warhol’s “Mao Tse Tung” ($24,000), and Bryan Rowe’s “Foyer Table” ($16,000).

Anderson Ranch Arts Center is a nonprofit visual arts community that offers workshops, artist residencies, exhibitions, travel exhibitions, tours, and lectures. It is located on Owl Creek Road in Snowmass Village.


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