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Bankrupt Detroit Eyes Billions of Art Inside its Famous Museum

By Philip Boroff - 2013-05-24T21:29:11Z

Photograph by Detroit Institute of Arts via Bloomberg

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Detroit Institute of Arts

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has joined the Detroit Institute of Arts in opposing any plan for the Michigan city to sell billions of dollars of museum masterpieces to plug a deficit. The Detroit museum has about 60,000 works. With a deficit of $327 million and $15 billion in pension and other obligations, the city "will evaluate all options," says Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr. 

Here is the Detroit Institute of Arts. Rodin's "The Thinker" contemplates the main entrance.