Of the 40 artworks removed from the Berkshire Museum collection, 22 were sold, netting $53.25 million. 18 artworks were returned.
Connecticut River Valley,
Claremont, New Hampshire
(the Pony-back Ride)
Unknown (Fred Ross)
Anonymous buyer revealed 11/22
Fred Ross, founder of the Art Renewal Center
Paysans allant aux champs (Le matin)
The Music Party
Girl with Dog
Market Day in Constantinople
Portrait of Mr. W. Cave
Indian Prince, Palace of Agra
A Ten-Panel Coromandel Lacquer ‘Daoist Immortals’ Screen
Giant Redwood Trees of California
Unknown / Located 2/23
American Museum of Western Art –
The Anshutz Collection, Denver, CO
Estimate: $1.5 – 2.5M (Private Sale)
Link: ‘Giant Redwoods Trees’ will fall at Berkshire Museum despite interpretive value
Dancing Torpedo Shape
Public (while not accessible to the public, foundation ownership indicates it remains in the public domain. )
Price: Sold through private transaction.
Link: Calder statement from 1933 Berkshire Museum Exhibition
Two Ladies in a Drawing Room
The White Dress
Price: Estimate $600-800K
Mountain Landscape – The Painter at Work (Leeds in the Catskills, with the artist sketching)
Portrait of General David Forman
Blacksmith’s Boy – Heel & Toe
(Shaftsbury Blacksmith Shop)
(gifted to the Berkshire Museum from the artist, 1966)
Apollo Flaying Marsyas
Daniel Interpreting to Belshazzar
the Handwriting on the Wall
Estimate: $200 – 300K
Ritual Food Vessel, Gui
Double Arc & Sphere
Public (while not accessible to the public, foundation ownership indicates it remains in the public domain.) Price: $1,215,000
The Temptation of Adam and Eve
Three Seated Figures
Private transaction with
the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art
Purported Sale Price: $30 million
(Loaned to the Norman Rockwell Museum
for 18 months)
Benjamin and his Brethren
A folding ‘Tale of Genji’ screen
Chinese porcelain vase.
Blue on white.
Decorated with draqon motifs
(the newborn lamb)
Valley of the Santa Ysabel
Sold to PAFA; PAFA will offer free admission to Berkshire County Residents in perpetuity.
Price: $5 – 7M (sale price unknown)
Hunter in Winter Wood
Flight into Egypt
The Last Arrow
(withdrawn from the November 2017 American Art auction due to MA temporary injunction)
Diana of the Tower
Deux femmes dans un interieur
A Large Bronze Figure
Where are the 40 works of art consigned to Sotheby’s in 2018?
The Berkshire Museum signed a contract with Sotheby’s removing the most valuable paintings and sculpture without the Pittsfield community’s knowledge or participation in the decision-making process. Leadership ignored repeated requests for a public forum, and there was no time or opportunity to organize a farewell exhibition or keepsake catalogue. Added to the loss are lingering questions as to where the paintings are now located. Sotheby’s is not obliged to release purchaser information, and it is not known whether 15 of these cherished works of art are held in public or private collections.
Norman Rockwell’s Shuffleton’s Barbershop is the most commercially valuable of the two Rockwell’s gifted to the Museum by the artist for the public to enjoy in perpetuity. It was the crown jewel of the collection and a source of pride, and the most significant loss to the community.