Museum reveals plans to sell 13 works, including 1 Rockwell

April 11, 2018 - 2:53 pm

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The Massachusetts museum that won a legal battle over its plan to sell dozens of works of art has announced that 13 of those pieces are being auctioned next month.

The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield last week received permission from the state's highest court to sell 39 pieces, including one by Norman Rockwell.

That Rockwell piece, "Blacksmith's Boy-Heel and Toe," is among those being auctioned by Sotheby's in May.

In a separate transaction, the Rockwell work, "Shuffleton's Barbershop," will be sold to another nonprofit museum and put on display locally for up to two years.

The struggling museum announced the sale last year to raise $55 million so it could stay open and refocus its mission. The museum says it hopes to meet its financial goal without selling all the pieces.

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