Philly Archdiocese to Auction 5 Eakins Portraits From Seminary Collection

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is in spring-cleaning mode as it downsizes its St. Charles Borromeo Seminary on City Avenue, and among the items its clearing out are five portraits of clerics painted by Philly painter Thomas Eakins. The paintings have been sent to Christie’s auction house to be sold in a sale that Archdiocese spokesman Ken Gavin tells CBS3 could bring in multi-million dollars. The money will “defray the cost of consolidating the physical space from 75 to about 30 acres and renovating the existing buildings on the upper side of the Wynnewood campus.”

Check out the portraits in the slideshow below. Which one is your favorite?