This undated image provided by the La Salle University Art Museum in Philadelphia shows a 1784 oil-on-canvas work by French painter Hubert Robert titled "The Tomb of Virgil at Posilipo, near Naples." The painting is one of 46 artworks that La Salle University in Philadelphia announced Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, it will sell through Christie's auction house to help fund the Roman Catholic university's five-year plan. A university spokeswoman says the sale, tentatively set to begin in March 2018, could bring between $4 million and $7 million, and possibly much more. (Jack Ramsdale/La Salle University Art Museum via AP)

La Salle University to auction off 46 pieces of art

January 03, 2018 - 3:03 pm

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — La Salle University is selling 46 pieces of art from its museum collection to help the Philadelphia school fund its five-year plan.

A spokeswoman for the Roman Catholic university says the sale could bring $4 million to $7 million, and possibly much more.

Christie's auction house has been selected to handle the sale, which is tentatively set for March.

The sale includes a wide range of styles and genres, including paintings by American realist Thomas Eakins and early 17th century Italian Bartolomeo Manfredi.

Christies says the most valuable works include Elisabeth Frink's "Walking Madonna" bronze statue and Georges Rouault's oil painting "The Last Romantic."

The university, which has about 3,200 students, has been trying to bounce back from a deficit and layoffs. It also has slashed tuition to battle an enrollment decline.

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