Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, January 28, 2008

OF NOTE: Fairbanks artist Alfred Skondovitch exhibited his work in New York with the likes of Willem de Kooning a half-century ago. Skondovitch painted "small, moving landscapes," a New York Times reviewer said, and de Kooning was among those in the same show with "equally good work."

A report in the New Yorker last year mentioned how a prominent hedge fund billionaire had paid $143.5 million for a de Kooning painting. Another report lists the price for the 1953 painting at $137.5 million, the second most expensive painting ever sold.