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UI president urges lawmakers to save painting

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -- University of Iowa President Sally Mason wants lawmakers to reject the proposed sale of a famous painting that is the centerpiece of the school's art collection.  In a written statement, Mason said donors have been questioning whether their gifts will be protected after the introduction of a bill that would require the school to sell the Jackson Pollock masterpiece titled "Mural."  Mason noted the painting was donated by art dealer Peggy Guggenheim in 1951. She said scholarly works given to the school for caretaking cannot be replaced, and Iowa "will suffer a far greater long-term loss in the state's image and quality of life than any immediate proceeds gained."  A House panel nonetheless voted to support the sale of the painting, which is valued at $140 million.

Online Anchor:  Bob Waters

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