Judge to consider agreement that would allow Berkshire Museum’s art sale

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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. […]

BOSTON (AP) – A judge on Massachusetts’ highest court is stepping into a fight over the proposed sale of works of art by a cash-strapped museum.

A hearing before a single justice of the Supreme Judicial Court is set for Tuesday in Boston.

The Berkshire Museum and Attorney General Maura Healey last month asked the judge to sign off on an agreement that would allow the Pittsfield museum to sell up to 40 pieces of art, including works by Norman Rockwell.

The museum says it needs to sell the art to keep its doors open.

Rockwell’s sons dropped their challenge of the sale after the attorney general and museum reached the agreement, which would allow Rockwell’s “Shuffleton’s Barbershop” to be sold to another U.S. museum.

Others continue to oppose the sale.

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