BEVERLY, Mass. — An expert says a mural depicting a Massachusetts city’s waterfront that was painted by a noted artist on the interior wall of a fast-food restaurant may be worth more than $60,000.

The mural of Beverly’s waterfront was painted in a McDonald’s by Emile Gruppe in the 1970s.

The McDonald’s closed in the mid-1990s, and the property most recently served as city harbormaster headquarters. The building is for sale and will likely be demolished to make way for a new restaurant, so the city wants to move and preserve the mural.

Art dealer Peter Kiernan tells The Salem News the mural’s two panels could be worth $25,000 to $30,000 each. Together they measure about 20 feet long and 3 to 3 1/2 feet high.

Gruppe died in Gloucester in 1978.


Information from: The Salem (Mass.) News, http://www.salemnews.com

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