With the Super Bowl coming up next weekend, per tradition, the mayors of the two participating teams’ cities will make a symbolic bet on the outcome of the game. It’s hard to imagine them topping what the Indianapolis Museum of Art and the New Orleans Museum of Art are betting though. The IMA nd NOMA have agreed on a bet in which both are wagering a prized painting from their collection – the IMA is betting a J.M.W. Turner painting, “The Fifth Plague of Egypt”, (seen above) while NOMA is betting Claude Lorrain’s “Ideal View of Tivoli” (seen after the jump).
Before anyone gets too outraged though, the painting will be sent to the winning team’s city museum on a temporary loan.
Via Animal NY.