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Smithsonian National Museum Of African Art's Director's Discussions Series - Maya Angelou

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The art collection of celebrated writer and civil rights activist Maya Angelou is heading to auction this month.

Among the highlights of the Sept. 15 Swann Galleries sale is a painted story quilt that hung in Angelou’s Harlem home. It’s a work by African-American artist Faith Ringgold titled “Maya’s Quilt of Life” that was commissioned by Oprah Winfrey for Angelou’s 69th birthday in 1989. It depicts Angelou surrounded by flowers along with excerpts from some of her writings. It’s an acrylic on canvas with pieced fabric border that could bring $150,000 to $250,000.

The nearly 50 artworks were consigned to the auction house’s African-American Fine Art Department by Angelou’s estate. They’re expected to fetch $400,000 to $640,000.

Angelou died last year at age 86.

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