Bill Would Force U. of Iowa to Sell Jackson Pollock Painting

February 10, 2011

The chair of the Iowa House Appropriations Committee has introduced a bill to force the University of Iowa to sell Jackson Pollock's "Mural" and to use the $140 million that the painting is worth to set up a trust for scholarships, The Cedar Rapids Gazette reported. The bill states that the terms of the sale would have to allow "Mural" to be back on campus for three months every four years, so students could continue to learn from it. In the past, when the idea of selling the famous painting has come up, university officials have noted that art museum ethics bar such sales, and that auctioning off the painting could endanger the reputation of the university and its art museum, while depriving students and faculty of an important work of modern art.

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