Foreign Affairs Department would not auction valuable artwork

The Foreign Affairs Department defies all the rumors that it will be putting its finest art collection on sale just to save money. The Canadian Press wrote a story about the department’s plans on auctioning art pieces of Riopelle, Borduas, Kurelek and others.

All these valuable art pieces are housed in embassies, consulates and official residences for years. Minister’s John Baird’s office denied Monday alleging the department does not plan on conducting any sort of auction.

The report claims the precious artwork was to go to public institutions and museums at a discounted rate. These rumors were spread when Foreign Affairs Department announced the closing of its outposts as part of extensive government cut downs.

Around twenty pieces of magnificent artwork were acquired from foreign missions around the globe and stored in Ottawa last year. According to the rumors, over twenty-two paintings are chosen for the auction.

Baird spokesman Joseph Lavoie wrote in an email: “We have no plans to sell these paintings. The documents referred to in The Canadian Press story date to 2010… a proposal which the current minister has decided not to execute.”

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