05/28/2013 10:29 am ET Updated Jul 28, 2013

DIA Backers Band To Fight Potential Sale Of Artwork | Crain's Detroit Business

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Local foundation and arts leaders are mobilizing to fight a possible sale of part of the Detroit Institute of Arts' collection -- an idea that is on the table as part of the larger work underway to solve the city of Detroit's financial crisis.

Such a sale could cause irreparable harm and could even lead to the museum's closure, DIA supporters said.

The museum board plans to hold a special meeting June 3 to talk about a response. Detroit's emergency manager, Kevyn Orr, late last week told the DIA and other city-owned assets that they could face exposure to creditors should the city be forced to seek Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection.

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