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Clyfford Still Museum Opens In Denver

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Clyfford Still Museum (credit: CBS)

Clyfford Still Museum (credit: CBS)

DENVER (AP) — The works of Clyfford Still are now on display at a museum dedicated to his work in Denver.

The museum opened its doors Friday morning ahead of a sold out opening celebration in the evening.

Still, who was born in North Dakota, was among the first generation of abstract expressionists following World War II. He died in 1980. His will specified that his estate go to an American city willing to establish a museum of his work. His widow, Patricia Still, selected Denver as the site in 2004.

Denver auctioned off four of Still’s paintings in New York last week to help finance the museum. They fetched more than $114 million.

Sotheby’s said the previous record for a Still sale was $21.2 million for a single piece in 2006.

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