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Museum’s plan to sell off art crosses ethical boundaries

When the auction house Christie’s brought a work by Leonardo da Vinci through San Francisco for three days in October, it arrived with great fanfare and was met with long lines of viewers, on its way to being sold in New York for nearly half a billion dollars. Much quieter was the tour stop in the Bay Area that same week of two paintings by Norman Rockwell, put on view by Sotheby’s for a single day. Yet the tale behind that event could have more far-reaching effects on Americans’ access to art, and on U.S. museums, than the spectacular Leonardo auction.

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