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Bruce Wolmer and wife Colleen Babington, photographed on

by Charlie Finch

It seems a strange thing to say about someone who has just died, but Bruce Wolmer was a survivor. He fought tooth and nail for two decades to preserve the magazine that was, and is, him -- Art & Auction -- from Marshall and Maureen Cogan, through various dubious and forgotten speculators, to its current owner Louise MacBain, a process that often found him in hotel lobbies operating on nothing more than a smile and a shoeshine.