Apr 5, 2018

A judge on the highest court in Massachusetts ruled that the controversial Berkshire Museum sale can proceed under terms negotiated with the state’s attorney general.

The Berkshire Museum’s sale of artwork from its collection, a saga marked by seemingly endless twists and turns, appears to finally be on a straight track toward the auction block. Justice David A. Lowy of the Supreme Judicial Court of Suffolk County approved an agreement between the museum and the office of the attorney general, which allows the sale of artwork from the museum’s collection until the proceeds hit a $55 million cap. The agreement also prevented the museum’s prized Norman Rockwell works from entering a private collection, though the Bershire Eagle reported that they will be sold to an as-yet-unnamed public institution. Lowy’s ruling also rejected a request from opponents of the sale—citizens who were voicing their opinion but not formally appealing—that an independent monitor be appointed to oversee how funds raised by the museum as part of the auction are used. The works will be sold at Sotheby’s next month.