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Facing a financial bind, the San Francisco Art Institute has considered selling the 1931 work, a testament to the power of labor in San FranciscoFri 15 Jan 2021 01.00 ESTLast modified on Fri 15 Jan 2021 14.27 EST has occupied an entire wall at the San Francisco Art Institute since Diego Rivera painted it there in 1931. A remarkable depiction of labor power in San Francisco’s industrial heyday, it is valued at roughly $50m – an enticing windfall for a school in serious jeopardy.SFAI trustees have floated the idea of selling it as a last-ditch effort to keep one of the US’s oldest art...

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