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A visit to the Louvre inspired Hunk and Moo Anderson’s art collection.

Christie’s has announced it will be auctioning works from the prestigious art collection of Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson, also known as Hunk and Moo. The New York auction will be held in the fall.

The auction house has estimated the items from the art collection, which include works from Impressionists to the postwar era, to be worth $30 million to $50 million. According to artnet news:

Highlights include David Smith’s giant welded steel sculpture Five Ciarcs(1963), estimated at $10 million to $15 million, and an important 1978 work on paper by David HockneySprungbrett mit Schatten (Paper Pool 14), made with pigment in paper pulp on six joined sheets, estimated to sell for $6 million to $8 million.

An untitled Alexander Calder hanging mobile from 1949 and Vija Celmins‘s Starfield, a 1982 graphite on paper work, are also notable lots, though no presale estimates are available yet.

“Hunk and Moo Anderson not only collected the ‘best of the best,’” said Christie’s executive deputy chairman Barrett White in a statement, they also sought to build “meaningful, lasting connections with the artists whose work enriched their lives. As a couple, they formed nuanced understandings of the artists that appealed to them and only acquired their most instrumental examples.”

The Andersons were drawn to build their art collection after a visit to the Louvre in the 1960s and donated some of their most prized pieces, including “Lucifer,” by Jackson Pollock, to Stanford University and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Anderson made a fortune in the food business. According to Bloomberg, Anderson, who died in February at 95, co-founded Saga Corp. in 1948 to provide food to colleges and universities, and Marriott Corp. acquired the company for about $500 million in 1986.

Anderson’s friend, art dealer John Berggruen, said the collector was a self-deprecating man with an intuitive grasp on collecting. Berggruen told Bloomberg Anderson enjoyed getting to know artists.