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The Thinker

The Thinker, by Rodin, is displayed outside the Detroit Institute of Arts in Detroit. As part of the city's Chapter 9 bankruptcy filing, city emergency manager Kevyn Orr had said that he has asked the Christie's auction house to appraise the museumâs collection, raising the possibility it could be put up for sale.

Fire Sale in Detroit: Masterpieces of Western Art


International auction house Christie's will appraise some pieces in the Detroit Institute of Arts collection as a federal judge considers a state-appointed emergency manager's request to push the city into the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. Christie's also will assist and advise on valuing the artwork while leaving the pieces in the city's ownership.

The DIA, considered one of the top art museums in the country, is home to hundreds of paintings and sculptures by Van Gogh, Bruegel the Elder, Renoir and other masters. The city purchased many of the pieces in the collection years ago during more prosperous times.

In this presentation, we take a look at some of the most valuable pieces from the museum's collection.

Source: Detroit Institute of Arts Museum, Associated Press