DETROIT -- A mock "sale" sign placed on Rodin's "The Thinker" at the Detroit Institute of Arts has been removed.
But similar tongue-in-cheek signs placed on prominent downtown statues by artist Jerry Vile comes at a time when the city tries to place a value on its assets following the largest municipal bankruptcy filing in U.S. history.
None of the landmarks are being sold -- yet.
State-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr has said some city creditors have asked for the value of city-owned assets.
The DIA is considered one of the top art museums in the country and is home to hundreds of paintings and sculptures by Van Gogh, Bruegel the Elder, Renoir and other masters.
Director Graham Beal says the art museum will sue to block any potential sale of works.