January 30, 2019-According to a notice obtained by the Northwest Indiana Gazette, the Gary Community School Corporation will redo an auction for a piece of art that has a rich history. According to the notice, the wooden replica of the “Chicago Picasso” will be auctioned by Kraft Auctions on or after February 18, 2019. The Gazette reported on the sale of the piece earlier and questioned the notice provided. Officials did not reply to requests for further information but we obtained the attached Notice of Sale via email.
According to the auction materials, the wooden mock-up was created by US Steel after being commissioned to build the Chicago Picasso. At least one article stated that Picasso himself approved of the model (see https://www.nwitimes.com/news/opinion/columnists/unveiling-picasso-s-steel-city-beginnings/article_1b1442c5-04cc-5e42-ba56-896f10ede6ec.html )