Norman Rockwell’s Sons Drop Challenge to Berkshire Museum
One of the hurdles that the Berkshire Museum has had to overcome in their attempt to sell upwards of 40 pieces of art has been cleared.
Two of those paintings were works from Norman Rockwell which were donated to the museum. On Friday, Rockwell's three sons, who had been part of the initial lawsuit to halt the Pittsfield-based museum's plan, have withdrew from the suit.
Rockwell's "Shuffleton's Barbershop", which is the most expensive piece of the works that would be up for sale, was the basis of the Rockwell family's involvement in the suit. The Berkshire Museum and the Massachusetts State Attorney General's Office has worked out a deal that would allow the sale that would keep the piece on public display. The Rockwell family released a statement ceasing any further objection, courtesy of their attorney.
"That objective has now been achieved and therefore they do not wish to participate in further legal proceedings concerning the disposition of other art held by the Berkshire Museum," said the Rockwell family's attorney, Michael Keating in regards to dropping out of the lawsuit.
The prized Rockwell painting will be put on display, coincidentally, at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge for a period of 18-24 months.