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The first presidential portrait of Abraham Lincoln, 1861, Salt print in its original molded plaster gilt frame, inscribed to the wife of his most intimate friend, at the Maryland 19th Century Rare Book & Photograph Shop at the Naples International Art & Antique Fair
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NICE IN NAPLES
by Brook S. Mason



By staging his latest entry on the global art-shopping circuit in arguably the most ironic show venue yet, Floridian fair organizer David Lester has just about turned a sows’ ear into a silk purse. That is to say, for his inaugural Naples International Art & Antique Fair, Feb. 24-Mar. 1, 2011, Lester took over a former supermarket. He dressed up the stark concrete interiors with dove gray walls, beige carpeting and subdued lighting, then christened his newly trimmed building the Naples International Pavilion and packed it to the brim with 55 dealers.

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