DETROIT (AP) — Detroit Institute of Arts officials have asked to meet with international auction house Christie’s, which was hired to appraise pieces in the museum’s collection as the city seeks bankruptcy protection.
Museum Executive Vice President Annmarie Erickson told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the museum is “in the process of scheduling a meeting with Christie’s to determine how they want to handle this.”
The city purchased many of the pieces in the DIA collection. Art could be considered assets in a bankruptcy filing a state-appointed emergency manager made last month.
Director Graham Beal tells The Detroit News the art museum will sue to block any potential sale of works.
Staff on Wednesday also removed two large poster board “sale” signs from an exterior statue and part of the building.