Art worth at least $50M gifted to St. Louis museum
ST. LOUIS - The estate of a former publisher and his wife, the longtime mayor of Ladue, is donating more than 200 works of art to the St. Louis Art Museum.
Charles Claude Johnson Spink, the former publisher of The Sporting News, died in 1992 at 75. His wife, Edith, retired as Ladue's mayor in 1995 and died in 2011. She was 90.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported their collection, which includes some paintings by Norman Rockwell and Asian art, has a potential value of at least $50 million.
Officials said the couple began collecting art in the 1970s and had committed to sending it to the museum.
Museum director Brent Benjamin said their donation is one of the most important the museum has received in recent years.