Sale of Council Assets

 Only 10% of Glasgow's art collection is on show at any one time  - it is rarely rotated and some has never been shown in public.

There are assets like St John in the Cross by Dali in Kelvingrove which cost the City £6,000 ( originally paid for from the parks and recreation budget) and Glasgow has recently  been offered £90 million pounds by the City of Barcelona for this painting. The City could easily sell this painting and negotiate to retain the royalties ( which are substantial).

Thats one asset - there are tens of thousands of such assets which could be released to fund the shortfall in the City's coffers.   

Meanwhile areas of the inner City are infested with rats and fleas for the first time in living memory - this is a function of previous cuts to the Council budgets over the last ten years -  yet we are told there are more severe cuts to come.

n.b. I am not a philistine but a pragmatist - the  financial situation is extremely serious and the existing funding systems are inadequate.


Why the contribution is important

The role of the City Council is to protect its people and sustain  (or even improve) their quality of life  - not hold vast art collections for a small yet vocal self serving elite - many of whom live outside the city borders .

by Beckola on September 08, 2016 at 01:01PM

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  • Posted by Ellisdee September 09, 2016 at 13:04

    Brilliant, selling one painting would go a significant way to meeting the deficit in funding.
    About time some decisions are taken which benefit the majority of Glaswegians rather than a self serving elite.
  • Posted by sanchufish September 09, 2016 at 13:36

    What about the cultural significance of these works to the City?
    Should our children not have access to works of such beauty?

    While the benefits to the economy may not be visible on a spread sheet I for one would find life significantly less rich without them.
  • Posted by Moneysaver September 09, 2016 at 13:38

    Sell the all of these paintings.

    "Should our children not have access to works of such beauty?"
    They can see them on the internet.
  • Posted by Moneysaver September 09, 2016 at 13:42

    I think this is a great idea and everyone should pressurise the Council to sell these assets and clear the deficit and use the surplus to invest in jobs and the future as if these assets are not sold then one day they will simply rot away just like mouldy old books.
  • Posted by Moneysaver September 13, 2016 at 10:45

    Could you and others reading email the decision makers at the top about this? They may not be aware of this possibility to balance the budget.
  • Posted by Moneysaver October 05, 2016 at 11:19

    The painting could be sold for twice the amount of £90 million offer which was some time ago.
    Perhaps it could offered to the Japanese.

    This would clear the deficit and produce a surplus of many millions of pounds.
    With just one sale of a painting no more budget deficit.
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