"The Cosby Show" The Auction (TV Episode 1986) - Plot Summary Poster

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  • Clair discovers that a painting by her late great-uncle, which her grandmother sold years ago due to debts, is going to be auctioned off. To restore its rightful ownership to the family, she decides to go to Sotheby's with the family and bid on it but discovers on the way that other people have an interest in owning it as well. Will Clair save this precious piece of her family history?

  • Clair discovers that a painting by her late great-uncle is going to be auctioned off. She decides to bid on it and make it the family's again at all costs.


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  • The Cosby Show always made it a point that a family needs to look back on their past. This episode was about retrieving a part of the family's heritage. It also showed the value of some artists even after their passing, even if the artist was a minority in his day, such as the African-American artist Ellis Wilson who painted the portrait "The Funeral Procession" among others.

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