Cash-Strapped Philly Schools Won't Sell Art

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    Office of the Philadelphia Controller
    Painting by J. Winfaley is one of more than 1,000 pieces of artwork owned by the School District of Philadelphia.

    The financially struggling Philadelphia School District has decided it won't sell its art collection.

    The collection of 60 paintings has been in storage since 2004 and includes works by noted Philadelphia artist Henry Ossawa Tanner.

    Early estimates had put the collection's value at $35 million but the school district says a number of appraisal firms now estimate the figure at $600,000 to $900,000.

    The School Reform Commission on Thursday unanimously voted down a plan to sell the items. Parents and teachers at the meeting said they were relieved by the decision.