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Collector’s Item

NEW YORK — Adrienne Ruger Conzelman has one regret regarding her new book, "After the Hunt: The Art Collection of William B. Ruger" (Stackpole Books). Its subject, her grandfather, never got to hold it. "The day I received my first color...

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The family sold 30 works at a Christie’s auction in December, but kept the top pieces, including two Bierstadts and Alfred Jacob Miller’s painting of Fort Laramie. "We felt like we should hang on to as much as we could because, to find these pieces now, it’s really impossible," she says. "They’re all in museums or collections that may or may not come up again." Conzelman took home 10 of the more valuable works, including her favorite, "Cloud World," by Maynard Dixon.

And now that the book has been published, what does she think her grandfather would have said? "It’s a tough call," she says. "But probably, ‘Goddamnit, Adrienne, you did a great job,’ and banged his fist on the table."
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