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The once-secret “Helga” portfolio of paintings and drawings by Andrew Wyeth is for sale for $40 million. Leonard E. B. Andrews, the Newtown Square, Pa., publisher and art collector who bought the 240 works from Wyeth in 1986, said his intention has been to show the collection to the American public, “and we’ve done that in spades.” The collection consists of nudes and other portraits of Helga Testorf, a neighbor of Wyeth’s. Andrews intends to sell the collection intact and not piecemeal. When he purchased the collection, Andrews said only that he had paid “several million.” Estimates of the price have varied from $6 million to $20 million.


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