State Senate bill would prevent Detroit Institute of Arts treasures from sale

DETROIT (WXYZ) - The state Senate approved a bill that would prevent the DIA's collection of art from being sold.

The bill says Michigan art institutes can only sell their treasures to fund their own mission.

This comes weeks after Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr ordered the appraisal of 60,000 pieces of artwork at the DIA. It sparked fear that the priceless collection may be sold to help pay off the city's enormous debt.

Orr's financial report shows Detroit has 15 billion in long-term debt.

The measure will now go before the House.

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