Detroit museum promises fight to protect art

The director of the Detroit Institute of Arts says the museum will take legal action if needed to block any potential sale of works from its collection as part of Detroit's municipal bankruptcy filing.

Graham Beal tells The Detroit News Tuesday that he would sue, noting that such litigation could take years.

International auction house Christie's said last week it will appraise some pieces in the museum's collection. That comes as federal judge considers a state-appointed emergency manager's request to push the city into the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.

The DIA is considered one of the top art museums in the country. The city purchased many of the pieces in the collection years ago during more prosperous times, and art could be considered assets in a bankruptcy.