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Bill Perkins aces Ernie Barnes’ ‘The Sugar Shack’ at Christie’s

Bill Perkins, the Houston-based entrepreneur and amateur poker player, fought off intense competition from another bidder at Christie’s evening sale on May 12 to win a masterpiece by the late African American painter Ernie Barnes, The Sugar Shack (1976), for $15.3 million. The work had been estimated at just $150,000 to $200,000, so the final...