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Albert Bierstadt’s 1870 painting, “Puget Sound on the Pacific Coast,” From

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts art museum is collecting on its Super Bowl wager with a Seattle museum.

Albert Bierstadt’s 1870 painting, “Puget Sound on the Pacific Coast,” is being unveiled Friday at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown.

The Clark won a three-month loan of the piece from the Seattle Art Museum in a Super Bowl bet.

Had the Seattle Seahawks beaten the New England Patriots, the Clark would have sent Winslow Homer’s 1900 work depicting the Maine coast, “West Point, Prout’s Neck” to Washington.

Clark curator Richard Rand said Malcolm Butler’s last-minute interception that sealed the Patriots’ 28-24 victory was “a tremendous gift to New England art lovers.”

To mark the arrival of Bierstadt’s piece, the Clark will offer free admission on Monday to anyone wearing Patriots or Seahawks gear.

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