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12 Incredible Works of Art Bought By Chicago Museums in 2013

Chicago museums bought thousands of pieces of art this year, here are 12 of the most notable.

Thomas Hart Benton, Cotton Pickers, 1945   Photo: Courtesy of the Art Institute

Chicago’s art museums had a big year, producing everything from sweeping fashion exhibits to the return of hometown heroes such as Theaster Gates. Behind closed doors, museums also added thousands of pieces of art to their collections and undoubtedly paid dearly for them. (Museums do not disclose what they spend and the sellers conspire to keep prices a secret). Here are twelve works that garnered the most buzz:  

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