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Articles - November - 2007 Issue

In The News: Cannibals, The Potters, Bushwacked

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Sharon Bush was not pleased with the divorce, and felt abandoned by her former family that provided her little comfort and only limited resources. The Bushes are intensely loyal to family, which Neil was, but Sharon was no more. She tried to get more financial support from her former husband, but essentially got a middle class settlement, one more appropriate for the wife of a not very successful businessman than the daughter-in-law and sister-in-law of two U.S. Presidents and wealthy Texas oilmen.

Unlike her "ex," Mrs. Bush had no access to rich family friends to keep her afloat. So, she is doing what she must to raise money from her 22-year membership in one of America's most powerful political dynasties. She is selling off memorabilia. There is Neil's badge from the 1988 Republican convention, where his father was nominated for president, robes given to both Presidents Bush (one still a future president) after the Gulf War by the Emir of Kuwait, and for manuscript collectors, a personal note to Neil from the first President Bush. This one, addressed to "Whit" (Neil's nickname), dated December 31, 1999, reads, "Your speech at Bayards touched my heart. What a great son I have. I am so proud of you. Devotedly Dad." The sentiments toward his son are truly touching, a very successful father, with two then very successful sons, expressing equal pride and devotion for a son whose career featured controversy more than accomplishment. If he protests his pride too much, it is completely understandable. The auction is being handled by Heritage Auction Galleries of Dallas, bids having already opened, and are closing on or before November 13.

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  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 27:</b> <i>[Sutro Baths] / On the Shore of the Pacific Ocean,</i> designer unknown, 1896. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 27:</b> Osvaldo Ballerio, <i>Biscottini e Amaretti Delser,</i> circa 1900. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 27:</b> Maxfield Parrish, <i>Harper’s Weekly,</i> 1896. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 27:</b> Leonetto Cappiello, <i>Les Parfums de J. Daver Paris,</i> 1903. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 27:</b> Jacob Lawrence, <i>Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture,</i> 1968. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 27:</b> Charles Loupot, <i>Lion Noir, Cirage – Crème,</i> 1949. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 27:</b> <i>Keep Calm and Carry On,</i> designer unknown, 1939. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 27:</b> Walter L. Greene, <i>Adirondack Mountains / Lake Placid,</i> 1930. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Aug 27:</b> Laura Brey, <i>Enlist / On Which Side of the Window Are You?</i> 1917. $1,500 to $2,000.

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