Art collection donation a check off bucket list

Bobbie Burbridge Lane, president of The Burbridge Foundation, donated a collection of large paintings to Oklahoma City University in honor of seven special friends.
by Heather Warlick Published: November 9, 2012

“It is the most fabulous art I've ever seen in my life. Daddy just poured his whole life into it for years and years and years,” Lane said. He loved decorative art of the 19th century.

“He had buyers in major auction houses all over the world. He didn't just get art. He got the best of the best art,” Lane said.

But it was all about the hunt for him. He would buy a piece, make sure it arrived to Oklahoma City in good condition, then pack it away in a warehouse, where it stayed until the '90s, Lane said.

When Burbridge died in 1994 and Lane became president of the foundation, she decided to sell the collection of more than 4,000 works in a Sotheby's auction in order to raise funds for the foundation's work. In the wake of the Oklahoma City terrorist bombing in 1995, Lane said she wanted to bring the foundation's charity work from a national and international focus back to the community in which her family had the strongest ties.

She credits Wallace, who writes the Parties Etc. column for The Oklahoman and the related Parties Extra blog for, with convincing her to hold on to some of the collection for the foundation instead of selling it all in the Sotheby's auction, a move that made the OCU donation possible. Lane kept about 1,000 of the family's favorite items from the collection for the foundation.

The remaining items from the collection reside in the Burbridge family's homes and in a warehouse in central Oklahoma, Lane said.

by Heather Warlick
Life & Style Editor
Since graduating from University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, Staff Writer Heather Warlick has written stories for The Oklahoman's Life section. Her beats have included science, health, home and garden, family,...
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