Something I like to do when I should be doing something else is looking at art auction results and wondering if any of the pieces sold will come to Arkansas. Alice Walton has bought several things at Sotheby’s and Christie’s and other houses in the past six or seven years.

Last Saturday, a collection owned by the kaput Lehman Brothers brought in more than $12 million at auction at Sotheby’s in New York. Here’s a link to just one of the stories about the sale, and here’s the Sotheby’s online catalog of the works auctioned and the prices they bought.

Think Walton picked up a few things for Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art? Check out the catalog and say what you think is likely. Me, I’m going with Gerhard Richter’s “Betty” above and Warhol’s untitled piece below:


Commenter stvj correctly observes that Richter is German, and so disqualified to be in CBAA. Among stvj’s suggestions are John Wesley’s Swee’ Pea”

Swee Pea

  • “Swee’ Pea”

and Cindy Sherman’s untitled print:

Cindy Sherman print

  • Cindy Sherman print

They seem a little out there for Walton, but who knows. Thoughts?