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Pittsfield Mayor Defends Berkshire Museum Plan To Sell Art

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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.

A spokesperson from the state attorney general’s office tells WAMC officials have met with Berkshire Museum leaders as part of its investigation into whether the auction violates charities law, and a decision is forthcoming.

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