DETROIT (WXYZ) - Representatives from the Detroit Institute of Arts says Christie's Auction House has begun appraising the museum's assets.
This comes about a month after Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr hired the world famous auction house to appraise the artwork .
Orr move sparked fear that the priceless collection may be sold to help the city repay some of it $18 billion long-term debt.
It also prompted an online petition aiming to make the Detroit Institute of Arts a national monument thus preventing the sale of its artwork.
The DIA would not let 7 Action News cameras inside even though they collect a three-county millage that brings in $22 million a year for the museum.
Officials will only say Christie's is appraising 3,500 of the 65,000 in the entire collection; pieces that are considered "City of Detroit purchase" but that could also mean pieces donated.
Some of the items are on display while others are in storage. The appraisals could be done within a few weeks.
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