Multimillion-dollar art collection, once promised to SAM, now up for auction at Christie’s | The Seattle Times

It’s a reminder that public promises that aren’t in writing are worthless. And another reminder to get your affairs in order before it’s too late. Otherwise, what you promised may not happen.

-DB

In 2007, Seattle-area art collector Barney A. Ebsworth publicly promised 65 major artworks to Seattle Art Museum — including Edward Hopper’s iconic “Chop Suey.” But this week, Ebsworth’s prized art collection is going up for auction at Christie’s. How did that happen?

Source: Multimillion-dollar art collection, once promised to SAM, now up for auction at Christie’s | The Seattle Times

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