Mental Floss

Betting an Original Renoir on the Super Bowl

Colin Patrick
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Many of the estimated 110 million viewers of Sunday’s Super Bowl XLV are likely to have some sort of bet on the game. There are the $20 bets amongst friends, those who lay down a wager in a casino, the casual fans who engage in Super Bowl party games, and then there are the people who have 19th century art riding on the game – as the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Carnegie Museum of Art do.

In a daring bit of local team confidence, the two art institutions have agreed to a friendly wager – with the losing side loaning a piece of art to the other.

With a Steelers' win, the city of Pittsburgh will be able to go wave their Terrible Towels in front of Gustave Caillebotte’s Boating on the Yerres:

And in the event of a Packers win, there'll likely be a bunch of people with foam cheese heads gawking at Renoir’s Bathers with Crab:

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