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Johnson Publishing artwork fetches $3M

Feb 02, 2020 - Chicago Tribune

Artwork that once adorned the Chicago offices of Johnson Publishing, the bankrupt former publisher of Ebony and Jet magazines, fetched nearly $3 million at auction -- more than its Fashion Fair cosmetics business sold for in December.

The auction Thursday at Swann Galleries in New York featured a collection of paintings, sculptures and other works from 75 African American artists, most of which was assembled after the 1971 opening of Johnson Publishing's former headquarters at 820 S. Michi...