Coal mogul Reihill's legacy on show in Adam's sale

The private collection of John Reihill senior shows his discerning eye as a patron of the arts, writes Ros Drinkwater.

25th May, 2014
Winter by Colin Middleton.

In New York last week, sales of post-war and contemporary art totalled US$1.55 billion. The top lots included Black Fire I by Barnett Newman, which sold for $84.1million; the Francis Bacon triptych Three Studies for a Portrait of John Edwards, at $80.8 million; and Untitled by Mark Rothko for $66.2 million.

That’s a hell of a merry-go-round, and to keep it in motion, you need a formidable trio: an artist with vision, a buyer with deep pockets,...

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