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More On Christie’s Behavior

Mark Stryker, a staff writer at the Detroit Free Press, picks up today on my Tuesday post about Christie’s vulture behavior, and adds:

Some other art world insiders, who declined to speak on the record to the Free Press because of the sensitivity of the situation, privately characterized Christie’s actions as predatory. They noted the company was risking possibly alienating other museums, which buy and sell work through the major auction houses all the time.

Both Christie’s and Sotheby’s declined to comment to Stryker, but he found another auctioneer who would:

Joan Walker, a partner at the Detroit-based DuMouchelle, a respected regional auction house, was adamant that if DuMouchelle were asked to participate in a forced sale of DIA art, the company have nothing to do with it.

“We are completely against the sale of any works at the museum,” Walker said. “Our treasures should be kept at the museum for the enjoyment of the public, and I think the city should find a solution in other areas.”

Asked to comment directly on Christie’s sending appraisers to Detroit, Walker said curtly: “That’s up to them.”

Here’s the link to the Freep’s story.



  1. The problem, people can’t let go when things go wrong. Everything in Detroit is wrong. No, it’s not the fault of DIA, however, it is part of a solution. Art is a great pleasure; I know this because I “was” an art student who won scholarships to both Wayne State University and Center for Creative Studies. I also realize that living a comfortable life is important….Detroiters does not have a comfortable life. The DIA and other valued ITEMS are a part of a future for a comfortable life. If you have never spent a meaningful amount of time in the slums of Detroit you should not have much of a comment. I don’t mean a drive by. I’m talking about living there for a good period of time. In most corners of the city it is a smelly, dirty, dark, and violent place.

    Just like all the history buffs who don’t want old decrepit buildings torn down for newness and revitalization, you art buffs are discussed of the possibility that Detroit may have to part with a treasure. Isn’t a good clean happy life a treasure too?! You can’t have that in a city such as Detroit if the street lights are out, buses don’t run on time for people to get to school and work on time, trash is ALL OVER THE PLACE.

    Detroit is a very dead city. I lived there 30 of my 45 years of existence and I hate to see where it is today. It is what it is until people let go of things like art for the sake of a better future.

    In other words, get over it!

  2. Detroiter4Life says:


    I’d be willing to bet that you don’t live in Detroit NOW. You clearly have NO IDEA of the vibrant undercurrent, of the young white, that’s right, WHITE and black professionals moving downtown, of the thriving restaurant, concert, sports and club scene. And this is coming from a born and bred professional Detroit artist who won a full 4 year scholarship to Parson School of Design and CAME BACK to Detroit from my comfortable existence in Manhattan. I live here, and while Detroit has a long way to go, there are signs of life in this city that you have obviously missed. Under no circumstances should the DIA part with their collection. It is an irreplaceable part of the fabric and legacy of this city. Now, if they have in exhibited art collecting dust in the basement and WANT to part with it, so be it.but the DIA’s core collection? NO WAY.

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