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Bankruptcy creditors want access to Detroit art

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DETROIT (KNOE 8 News/AP) - Creditors who fear significant losses in Detroit's bankruptcy have pleaded with a judge to give them hands-on access to valuable art.

Attorneys for bond insurers say there are potential buyers who should be allowed to look at certain pieces at the Detroit Institute of Arts. The city is opposed to any sale and instead is committed to an $816 million deal with foundations, philanthropists and the state of Michigan that would protect the art and soften retiree pension cuts.

Judge Steven Rhodes promised a decision after lunch Thursday.

Attorney Marc Kieselstein acknowledged the art is a "glittering link to the glory days of Detroit." But he says it might have to yield to something "more grubby" - creditor losses.

Museum attorney Arthur O'Reilly says inspecting fragile art is risky.

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