About: "While the subject of "On the Beach" has undeniable market appeal, it also is a terrific example of the artist moving from Realism into the spontaneous open air style of the Impressionists," Colleene Fesko, principal at Colleene Fesko Fine Art and Antiques, told MSN News.
Worth: An 1878 self-portrait by Manet sold for $33 million at auction in 2010, according to Fesko. "Manet's work is both rare and highly desirable (the artist died at 51) and does not appear with any regularity on the auction market," she said.
What that money could mean to Detroit: There are nearly 80,000 abandoned buildings in Detroit, and they each will cost about $9,000 to demolish, according to Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr. A Manet painting worth $33 million would represent over 3,500 homes the city could tear down. Furthermore, 80 percent of fires in Detroit start in abandon buildings, Forbes reported. Fewer derelict properties would seemingly relieve an overburdened and diminished fire department.