Gary Schools to Extend Auction of Statue

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Gary Community School Corp. is extending an online auction for a wooden Picasso model. Our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana report the school district has auctioned off several art works, equipment and unused supplies in recent months as part of the state-appointed emergency management team's plan to raise money, pay down debt and improve the school system's financial position.

The statue was given to Gary school systems in 1970. The nearly 16-foot-tall piece was not created by Picasso, but approved by the artist himself as a model for the Chicago sculpture.

A $20,000 bid was made and accepted last month by a Belgium art collector, however a procedural error required the school to back out and restart the auction. Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson advised the auction be extended until until Feb. 28. 

“The auction is being extended for an additional 30 days. The previous bid is still in play. We are extending this after consultation and collaboration with the mayor,” Gary Community School Corp.’s deputy chief of staff Amy Marsh said in a news release.

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