Merton Simpson Leaves a Mess Behind

Merton Simpson gallery

Family and friends gathered in Charleston, S.C., on Friday for the funeral of the New York-based artist Merton D. Simpson, a painter and pioneering champion of African art who accumulated a collection said to be worth millions of dollars. Gathering in the city of his birth, eulogists celebrated Mr. Simpson’s expertise on the saxophone, his generosity and his visionary artistic taste.


But after the ceremony, Mr. Simpson was not buried. His body was returned to the funeral home in Charleston, where it has been for more than two weeks since his death on March 9 at 84.


Despite Mr. Simpson’s collection of museum-quality art, some of it housed in the Manhattan gallery he owned, which is now under lock and key, his family said it lacked the money for a burial.  By  and 

Art Worth Millions, Yet No Cash for Burial (NYT)

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