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The Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office has fired back at the Berkshire Museum, which calls the inquiry into the museum’s planned art sale meritless. 

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The Berkshire Museum says the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office request to extend its inquiry into the Pittsfield museum’s controversial art sale is without merit. 

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The Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office wants more time to investigate the Berkshire Museum’s controversial art sale. 

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The Berkshire Museum is renewing calls for a trial at a lower court in Pittsfield, Massachusetts to settle the legal battle over its art controversial sale. The museum wants to sell off art from its collection to fund an endowment and expansion.

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The legal dispute over the controversial plan to sell art to fund an expansion and endowment at the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts is moving to a higher court in Boston. 

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A member of the Berkshire Museum’s Collections Committee has stepped down amid a controversial plan to sell art to fund an expansion and endowment at the Pittsfield, Massachusetts museum. A judge temporarily halted the sale November 10th.

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The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts is seeking an expedited trial in the legal battle to sell art, including two works by Norman Rockwell, to fund a renovation and endowment.  

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The controversial sale of art from the Berkshire Museum’s collection was planned for today at Sotheby’s auction house in New York City – but late last week an appeals court judge approved a one-month injunction. 

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A rally oustside the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts Saturday drew crowds of educators, artists and residents who cheered the news that a controversial art sale has been halted — for now.

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The Massachusetts Attorney General’s office has filed an appeal against a judge’s ruling this week allowing the sale of 40 artworks at the Berkshire Museum to go forward. 

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 A Berkshire County court has denied a preliminary injunction to halt the Berkshire Museum's sale of 40 artworks, including two by Norman Rockwell, to fund capital improvements and an endowment. 

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The Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office has filed an emergency motion to halt the Berkshire Museum’s art sales, including two works by Norman Rockwell. It follows Wednesday’s hearing for a preliminary injunction.

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A Berkshire Superior Court judge is considering a preliminary injunction to halt the Berkshire Museum’s sale of 40 artworks, including two Norman Rockwells, to fund capital improvements and an endowment. 

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Massachusetts’ Attorney General has joined the three sons of Norman Rockwell in calling for a temporary restraining order against the Berkshire Museum to prevent the controversial sale of 40 pieces of art, including two works by the American artist, to fund an expansion and an endowment at the Pittsfield museum. 

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Nearby residents and members of the Pittsfield, Massachusetts-based Berkshire Museum are suing in hopes of halting a controversial art sale. 

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The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts is delaying the Sotheby’s sale of some of its artwork. 

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Amid a controversial plan to sell off art to fund renovations and an endowment, the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts will be under temporary leadership. 

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A law firm has filed a motion for a temporary restraining order against the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield on behalf of the three sons of Norman Rockwell. 

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With a controversial art auction set for next month, the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield has cut off talks with the Massachusetts Cultural Council.  

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The family of Norman Rockwell reportedly asked the state attorney general’s office last week to stop the sale of two of the artist’s works from the Berkshire Museum’s collection. The Pittsfield, Massachusetts museum plans to sell off 40 objects to fund renovations and an endowment.

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Opponents of the Berkshire Museum’s plan to sell off 40 objects to fund renovations and an endowment fund are planning to make a final push to stop the sale, which includes two Norman Rockwell works. The Sotheby’s auction, set to begin in November, is expected to fetch $68 million. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen sat down with Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer to discuss her support of the city’s museum.

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Two trustees have stepped down from the Berkshire Museum board amid a controversial plan to sell art to fund an expansion and endowment at the Pittsfield, Massachusetts museum. 

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The Massachusetts Cultural Council is urging the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield to halt its planned art sale. 

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As controversy has swirled around a Pittsfield museum’s plan to sell parts of its permanent collection to fund a multi-million dollar expansion and future vision, a local state representative is supporting the institution’s leadership.

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The Massachusetts Cultural Council is the latest group to urge the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield to halt its planned sale of art. 

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Auction house Sotheby’s has released estimates for what 40 objects from the Berkshire Museum’s collection in Pittsfield, Massachusetts could fetch. 

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The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts plans to withdraw from its partnership with the Smithsonian Institute. 

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The Massachusetts Attorney General’s office is reviewing the Berkshire Museum’s controversial plan to sell 40 objects from its collection to fund major renovations and create an endowment. 

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The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts says it can’t accept a $1 million donation from an anonymous group that wants the museum to halt its planned sale of artwork. 

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Opponents are calling on the Berkshire Museum to pause its plan to sell 40 objects from its collection to fund major renovations and create an endowment. A loose coalition organized on Facebook has been publicly questioning the museum’s finances and leadership. The museum has spent much of the summer disputing the criticism. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with financial journalist Felix Salmon of Fusion, who recently published a post on the Berkshire Museum’s finances. The museum challenges Salmon’s findings, recently featured on his blog “Cause and Effect.”

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