Michigan General Attorney Says Detroit Cannot Sell Art to Pay Its Debts

June 16th, 2013

Detroit Institute of Art, via New York TimesMichigan’s Attorney General Bill Schuette has spoken out on the proposed plan to auction off parts of the Detroit Institute of Art’s collection to pay off some of the city’s considerable debts.  Speaking on Thursday, Schuette emphasized the public nature of the collection, and its role as part of a public trust.  “The art collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts is held by the city of Detroit in charitable trust for the people of Michigan, and no piece in the collection can thus be sold, conveyed or transferred to satisfy City debts or obligations.”  He said.

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