Massachusetts AG Seeks to Extend Berkshire Museum Injunction

George Henry Durrie, Hunter in the Winter Wood, 1860
George Henry Durrie, Hunter in the Winter Wood, 1860
(Berkshire Museum)

The Massachusetts attorney general has asked a state appeals court to extend an injunction blocking the Berkshire Museum from selling artworks for one more week. A trove of artworks, including two prized Norman Rockwell paintings, have been halted from being sold by the museum.

Berkshire Museum, in Pittsfield, Mass., announced in July 2017 that it would sell 40 artworks from its collections to generate about $50 million, to help fund a New Vision plan to refocus the museum on science and history, and build an endowment. 

A November auction of the museum's art at Sotheby's was stopped pending legal wrangles and opposition from Rockwell's family and others.

“We are hopeful that a brief extension will allow us to fully analyze the information we have received in our investigation in the hope of finding a way forward to secure the future of the Museum, and ensure it is able to thrive in the years to come," said Emily Snyder, a spokeswoman for Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey. 

The museum has approved the brief delay in a decision.

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