Detroit's unique and world-class art collection has been threatened with being sold off, piece by piece, to bail Detroit out of its current bankruptcy. Kevyn Orr, the city's emergency manager appointed by the Governor of Michigan, has single-handedly decided that it is his right to sell off artwork that belongs to the people of Detroit even though he was never chosen by the citizens of Detroit to speak or act on their behalf. Aside from the fact that the appointment of Orr was likely unconstitutional, it is at the very least un-democratic to void the votes of Detroit's residents and tell them that they no longer control the future of their city and it's irreplaceable art collection.
Under his questionable legitimacy, Mr. Orr is moving forward with his plan by hiring Christie's auction house to appraise the entire collection to find out each piece's current market value. Christie's should not allow its name to be associated with the desecration of one of America's finest public collections of art, especially under such questionable circumstances. We hereby request that Christie's refuse to appraise the Detroit Institute of Arts' collection until the city is once again run by democratically elected officials. Appraising even one piece of art in the collection at the request of Kevyn Orr would not only lend legitimacy to Orr's legally-questionable actions, but will forever associate Christie's with this destructive act.