Duluth takes for sale sign off 'Minnehaha' window

Minnehaha Window
The Minnehaha Window was commissioned by the State of Minnesota with Tiffany Studios in New York, for display in the Minnesota Pavillion at the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago. The window was sold to a civic group that donated it to the City of Duluth.
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(AP) - The Duluth City Council has voted 8-1 to take a "Minnehaha" stained-glass window off the market.

Councilor Todd Fedora proposed rescinding support for selling the Tiffany window after experts expressed skepticism at its $2.9 million appraisal.

He said it would have been terrible if the city had put it up for auction and the sale brought in only a tenth of what they expected.

Selling the artwork was one of the most disputed proposals Mayor Don Ness brought forward in trying to balance the city budget after it became clear that revenues were going to fall $6.5 million short of expenses this year.

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The window depicting a fictional American Indian princess was designed by Tiffany artist Anne Weston in 1892-93 when she lived in Duluth. It's been on display in the Depot in downtown Duluth.


Information from: Duluth News Tribune, http://www.duluthsuperior.com

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