In a Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017 file photo, people opposed to the selling of The Berkshire Museum's art to fund an expansion and endowment, protest in front of museum in Pittsfield, Mass. A judge on Massachusetts’ highest court is stepping into a fight over the proposed sale of works of art by the cash-strapped museum. A hearing before a single justice of the Supreme Judicial Court is set for Tuesday, March 20, 2018 in Boston. (Gillian Jones/The Berkshire Eagle via AP, File)

Cash-strapped museum urges judge to OK contentious art sale

March 20, 2018 - 2:20 pm

BOSTON (AP) — An attorney for a cash-strapped Massachusetts museum has urged a judge on the state's highest court to quickly sign off on a plan that will allow it to sell dozens of pieces of art.

Berkshire Museum Attorney William Lee told Justice David Lowy Tuesday that the museum is nearing a deadline to sell this spring, otherwise it will have to wait until the fall.

The museum is asking Lowy to approve an agreement that would allow it to sell up to 40 pieces of art, including works by Norman Rockwell.

The judge didn't immediately rule Tuesday.

Rockwell's "Shuffleton's Barbershop" would be sold to another U.S. museum.

An attorney for museum members fighting the sale says the museum hasn't proven there's no other way to solve its financial woes.

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