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Sale of Sandzen works funding Bethany College expansion

A 48-inch landscape painting of Kansas, with a presale estimate of $60,000 to $90,000, may lead all lots in the Aug. 17-18 Auction in Santa Fe sale. A portion of the proceeds from the auction will benefit Bethany College.

SANTA FE, N.M. — The vaults of Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas, have been re-opened to offer, exclusively through Manitou Galleries’ “Auction In Santa Fe,” artworks by Birger Sandzen (1871-1954), the “American Van Gogh,” who taught at

Kansas landscape

Birger Sandzén (1871 - 1954), Kansas Landscape, 40 inches by 48 inches, oil on board, est. $60,000-90,000. (Photo courtesy Auction SantaFe)

Bethany for many years. The auction will also feature works by Lester Raymer, Oscar Jacobson, Charles Rogers, Margaret Greenough and Sandzen students.

The Manitou Galleries-hosted event is taking place at the Historic Hilton Hotel-Mesa Ballroom, 100 Sandoval St, Santa Fe, New Mexico, on August 17-18, 2014, with live bidding commencing at 1 p.m. (MT)

A 40-by-48-inch Kansas Landscape oil by Sandzen will set the pace, with more than 40 other pieces to follow. Auction in Santa Fe shattered the record in 2011 for Sandzen’s works sold at auction from Bethany College. The proceeds of this sale for Bethany, which is at a 10-year high in enrollment, will aid in campus expansion.

Live, absentee, telephone and Internet bidding will be available, and online buyers may view the auction, register and bid through

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