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SD gallery selling art owned by McGovern

SIOUX FALLS (AP) — A Sioux Falls gallery is selling paintings and a bronze sculpture owned by the late U.S. Sen. George McGovern and his wife, Eleanor.

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A portion of the proceeds will be given to a charity chosen by the McGoverns’ daughters, The Argus Leader reported.

George McGovern died Oct. 12, 2012, almost six years after Eleanor McGovern passed away. The couple’s three daughters have entrusted a portion of their parents’ art collection to Steve and Tove Bormes, owners of Rug & Relic.

The collection is on display at the gallery and store at Eighth and Railroad Center in Sioux Falls. The gallery was taking part in Friday night’s First Friday Art & Wine Talk, with the McGovern collection on sale.

Ann McGovern said her parents’ collection began in the 1950s. She said the first original pieces collected by her parents were by South Dakota native Oscar Howe, who taught at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell at the same time as McGovern.

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