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1. Posted by kombizz (Full Member 1416 posts) 8y

"Inside Iran's Billion-Dollar Art Basement"

It's one of the finest collections of modern art anywhere in the world, but you won't find it in New York or Paris.

Dozens of works by the likes of Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol and Jackson Pollock -- together valued at roughly $3 billion -- are locked in a basement in Tehran.

Only a handful of westerners have had an up-close look at the underground archives in Tehran's Museum of Contemporary Art. ABC News was granted exclusive access inside the vault that holds a priceless collection Iranian authorities choose to keep locked away.

What was revealed was astonishing: a series of paintings by Picasso; a wall's worth of pop art by Roy Lichtenstein; Warhol portraits of Jackie Onassis, Mick Jagger and Marilyn Monroe; a Diego Rivera self portrait; and a painting many consider to be the best Jackson Pollock outside of North America.

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The name of this place is Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art or Mooze Honarhay-e Mooaser.

2. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 8y

amazing. its quite a shame that this work is not displayed to the public. it would attract a lot of people in any museum.

3. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 8y

Quoting wouterrr

amazing. its quite a shame that this work is not displayed to the public. it would attract a lot of people in any museum.

Yeah, it would be decent place to get some sleep in that city

4. Posted by kombizz (Full Member 1416 posts) 8y

Quoting wouterrr

amazing. its quite a shame that this work is not displayed to the public. it would attract a lot of people in any museum.

Perhaps the main reason was the revolutionary people at a time had other priorities to look after. Also perhaps did not have that much Knowledge about art and it's value.

5. Posted by kombizz (Full Member 1416 posts) 8y

Quoting Utrecht

Quoting wouterrr

amazing. its quite a shame that this work is not displayed to the public. it would attract a lot of people in any museum.

Yeah, it would be decent place to get some sleep in that city

You reckon you can't sleep in your place?
Then do not forget to get a special visa for yourself!

6. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 8y

Quoting Utrecht

Quoting wouterrr

amazing. its quite a shame that this work is not displayed to the public. it would attract a lot of people in any museum.

Yeah, it would be decent place to get some sleep in that city

even there u won't find sleep since the paycans and peugeot 405's keep racing through the nights on tehran's 6 lane boulevards..

[ Edit: Edited on Mar 6, 2008, at 5:42 AM by wouterrr ]

7. Posted by kombizz (Full Member 1416 posts) 8y

Quoting wouterrr

Quoting Utrecht

Quoting wouterrr

amazing. its quite a shame that this work is not displayed to the public. it would attract a lot of people in any museum.

Yeah, it would be decent place to get some sleep in that city

even there u won't find sleep since the paycans and peugeot 405's keep racing through the nights on tehran's 6 lane boulevards..

Not sure about it as I used to live ouside of big cities. In area that I used to live, there was not any car driving roads.