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Pressure To Sell DIA Art Intensifies

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A couple looks at a painting at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) on September 3, 2013. (Credit: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

A couple looks at a painting at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) on September 3, 2013. (Credit: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – The battle over the DIA art has hit the courts. A group of Detroit bond holders, banks along with the city’s largest union is asking the federal judge handling the city’s bankruptcy filing– to allow an independent evaluation of the city-owned art collection.

The group that includes AFSCME Michigan Council 25 said in its motion filed in Federal court Tuesday that Emergency Manager, Kevyn Orr is not moving “aggressively enough to monetize the art.”

DIA officials say a forced sale would cripple the institution and cut-off $22 million dollars in funding from a voter-approved tri-county tax.

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