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Keeping Jackson Pollock’s 'Mural' Out of Politics

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Inside USD -- As the morning of Friday the 13th in June of 2008 neared, art expert Robert O’Connell and others faced the frightening prospect that rising floods near the University of Iowa could destroy one of the masterpieces of modern art, Jackson Pollock’s “Mural.”

With financial support, however, from the painting’s insurer, Lloyd’s of London, O’Connell (pictured) helped lead a team that safely removed the 20-foot-wide painting and other works of art from harm’s way. But the spotlight the floods put on the painting led to another disturbing scenario: proposals that the painting, valued at $140 million, could be sold by the state of Iowa to raise revenue, potentially to a private collector. (Full Story)

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