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Auction of Art From Museum

March 20, 1998

About 400 pieces of ethnographic art and crafts from the collection of the Craft and Folk Art Museum will go on the auction block Thursday, 7:30 p.m., at Butterfield & Butterfield in Los Angeles. The collection--valued at a total of $300,000 to $500,000--is being sold to pay off debts of the museum, which closed last December after 30 years of operation on Wilshire Boulevard.

Among the items to be offered are a Mexican mariachi band, composed of life-size papier-ma^che skeleton figures, by the Linares Family ($12,000 to $18,000); "Good Morning America," a comical ceramic sculpture of a bordello by the late Beatrice Wood ($10,000 to $15,000); an ebony-inlaid maple rocking chair by Sam Maloof ($10,000 to $15,000); and an African animal mask from the Bobo tribe ($8,000 to $12,000). The collection includes Amish quilts, Native American pottery, Tibetan paintings, Japanese ceramics, dolls, toys and textiles. Estimated selling prices begin at $75.

A preview will be held Saturday through Monday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the auction house, 7601 Sunset Blvd. Information: (213) 850-7500.

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