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From Rothko to Costco

J. Ezra Merkin, the New York financier tied to Bernard Madoff’s alleged $50 billion Ponzi scheme, is hearing from collectors interested in buying his dozen $150 million Mark Rothko paintings, the world’s largest private grouping, according to his art adviser.

Though the paintings aren’t for sale now, “everything has a price,” said Ben Heller, 83, who helped Merkin buy the abstract expressionist paintings during the past five years. …

Margaret Soltan, January 9, 2009 7:53AM
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4 Responses to “From Rothko to Costco”

  1. francofou Says:

    Anybody interested in my Christina’s World poster?

  2. Dave Stone Says:

    That’s a nice choice of Rothko–different layout but same colors as the Estonian flag, which I’ve always admired. Very cool and Nordic, I think.

  3. Margaret Soltan Says:

    Thanks, Dave. I was looking for blue, to go with the basic color layout of this blog, but also something bleak.

  4. University Diaries » Rothko Fire Sale! Says:

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