Dozens protest art sale, celebrate temporary halt


PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Dozens of people gathered at the Berkshire Museum Saturday, protesting a proposed sale of 40 works of art -- and celebrating a temporary halt to that sale.

The museum plans to sell the works of art, including two by Norman Rockwell, to help with finances as it pursues new programs.

The group planned the rally because they don't want to see those pieces sold. Then, Friday, an appeals court judge granted a motion from the Massachusetts Attorney General to stop the sale, so the AG can appeal a lower court ruling on the matter.

The auction was planned for Monday.

The injunction begins that day, and remains in effect until Dec. 11.

The president of the museum's board of trustees released a statement calling the temporary order a "disappointment" and a "setback."

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