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Museum that sold Rockwell pieces eyes sale of more artwork

June 26, 2018 07:17 PM

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) - A struggling Massachusetts museum that previously sold two Norman Rockwell paintings says it will sell off nine more works of art to close a budget deficit.
    
The Berkshire Eagle reports that seven of the works will be sold in private transactions in the coming months and two at a September auction at Sotheby's in New York.
    
The Pittsfield museum's decision to sell 40 works in all - including the Rockwell paintings - has drawn widespread condemnation and sparked legal challenges.
    
The museum says the previous sales netted $47 million of the $55 million it hopes to raise under an agreement reached with Massachusetts' attorney general.
    
The citizens group Save the Art-Save the Museum says the additional works being sold make up the most important art still remaining at the museum.
    
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Information from: The Berkshire (Mass.) Eagle, http://www.berkshireeagle.com

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