Herbert Vogel, a retired postal worker, and his wife, Dorothy Vogel, a former librarian, spent 45 years amassing a collection of more than 4,000 pieces of artwork. On April 11, 2008, they announced their intention to donate 2,500 pieces of their collection — with 50 select pieces going to a museum in each of the 50 states.1 The Vogels' grand donation illustrates two major trends regarding art collections in the United States:2 First, the value and size of private art collections have grown ...

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