Mark Rothko

The term "art collector" conjures up the image of a billionaire industrialist, decorating the walls of his mansion with Van Goghs and Picassos. You're less likely to think of a postal worker whose tiny rent-controlled Manhattan apartment was crammed with edgy, visionary post-World War II minimalist and conceptual works, much of it purchased inexpensively from the era's great artists back when they were still unknowns.
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