Auctioned paintings bring in $771,000 for scholarships

Photo credit: Milwaukee Public Schools.

It’s often said that, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Two paintings that were stashed away in a storage room at Milwaukee’s Washington High School, bring that saying to life.

The paintings by artist Birger Sandzén, received the third highest price for his work, and that money will be set aside to provide scholarships for graduates of Washington High School.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports

“With the money already there, that’s almost $1 million,” said Howard Rubin, part of a small group of Washington High graduates who have pushed for years for the right to sell the paintings to benefit the Washington High School Alumni Scholarship Foundation.

Rubin watched the auction online Wednesday with fellow alum Barbara Stein, class of ’57, and former Principal Bob Nelson, who were part of that 13-year saga.

“A million dollars, for our kids – yes, yes!” said Stein, who thrusted her arms in the air when the final price was called.

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