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Maya Angelou's Art Collection Goes for $1.3 Mil at...

Maya Angelou's Art Collection Goes for $1.3 Mil at Auction [Photo: flickr, Wheelock College].

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The art collection of celebrated writer and civil rights activist Maya Angelou has sold for nearly $1.3 million at an auction in New York
 
"Maya's Quilt of Life" by African-American artist Faith Ringgold was commissioned by Oprah Winfrey for Angelou's 61st birthday.
 
It depicts Angelou surrounded by flowers along with excerpts from some of her writings. The acrylic on canvas with pieced fabric border had a pre-sale estimate of $150,000 to $250,000.
 
Also selling at Swann Galleries Tuesday was a painted story quilt that hung in her Harlem home. It fetched $461,000.
 
The nearly 50 artworks were consigned to the auction house by Angelou's estate.
 
She died last year at age 86.