Detroit Institute Of Arts Selling Custer Flag

06.28.10 | FL News Team

The Detroit Institute of Arts could make up to five-million dollars in the sale of a famous flag. The 134-year-old American flag accompanied General George Custer into the Battle of Little Bighorn in 1876. General Custer was killed in that battle along with all 210 of his men. The flag was recovered from the battle site and sold to the Detroit Museum of Art for 54-dollars in 1895. Experts estimate it will fetch between two and five million dollars at auction. The DIA is selling the flag now because the historical item is not considered a work of art, and the museum hopes to use the funds to add to its already impressive art collection.