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Massachusetts, Washington art museums wager valuable masterpieces on Super Bowl outcome

01/30/2015 11:46 EST | Updated 04/01/2015 05:59 EDT
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. - The Seattle Art Museum and the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts, are wagering valuable pieces of artwork on Sunday's Super Bowl.

No, the loser won't give away a masterpiece — just a three-month loan. All shipping and expenses will also be paid by the losing museum.

If the New England Patriots win, the Seattle museum will loan Albert Bierstadt's 1870 landscape, "Puget Sound on the Pacific Coast" to the Clark.

If the Seattle Seahawks win, the Clark will lend Winslow Homer's 1900 masterpiece depicting the rocky Maine coast, "West Point, Prout's Neck."

Clark Director Michael Conforti points out that Bierstadt was raised in New Bedford, Massachusetts, so his piece will simply be coming home.

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