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Where did Warhol's Elvis 2 Times hang in your Fort Worth house? WG: There was a big entry hall that was made for entertaining, and then there was a very wide hall that went back to the residence, and the art was in those two spaces; very open and connected. What a range your mother collecting, from the image-based Pop of Warhol and Lichtenstein, to the nuanced abstraction of Clyfford Still. How would you characterize your mother's eye? WG: She was very good at picking works that had the elements of color, contrast, boldness, theme, and line. Also, her Western art collection would blow your socks off. Is that at the ranch? WG: It's actually in the family offices. It's everything from beautiful, amazing Taos founders to current Cowboy Arts Association artists. Did your mother have a favorite? WG: No, I think she loved them all, and she liked the juxtaposition and the relationship they had in the house. Is there work in the auction you would like to see in a museum? WG: That's already been done. She left very specific bequests to The Modern and the Kimbell. Who visited the house? WG: Museum groups from all over the world have been through it. It's a place to go. It always blows people away, obviously, because it's in Fort Worth, Texas. Between The Modern, the Kimbell, The Carter, mom's house, and a few others, they go, "Oh my gosh!" Art memories. WG: She would finish her business for the day and pick up her books and study. She would really, really study all the artists she collected. She was familiar enough to know when she saw something good. She didn't buy things just because they had a name, or because the dealer told her to. She really honed her eye. It was the age before the Internet. Did she use an art advisor? WG: No. Favorite dealers in New York? WG: I would say Mitchell-Innes & Nash was one [where the Warhol Elvis 2 Times was acquired]. Parting thoughts. WG: Just that she really worked hard at it. She learned her stuff. She tried to be very deep. Later on, she bought a few more things to keep up with the times, but she never got trendy. Timeless? WG: Right, timeless is a perfect word for almost everything she did … She was one of my biggest inspirations. "THE QUALITY OF EVERY WORK IS EXCEPTIONAL, AND THAT IS INCREDIBLY RARE, EVEN AMONG THE MOST FAMOUS COLLECTIONS THAT HAVE APPEARED AT AUCTION. COMPARED WITH OTHER COLLECTIONS, IT ALSO STANDS APART BECAUSE IT SPANS ARCHETYPES OF THE TWO DEFINING MOVEMENTS OF POST-WAR AMERICAN ART HISTORY, NAMELY ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONISM AND POP ART." — Michael Macaulay, Sotheby's Senior International Specialist Anne Marion on her Four Sixes Ranch, Guthrie, Texas, 2004 ALL PHOTOS COURTESY THE ESTATE OF MRS. JOHN L. MARION AND SOTHEBY'S Turquoise, enamel, and diamond Bastille cuff bracelet by David Webb, destined for a dedicated fine jewels sale later this year. 56

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