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Fisk Files Appeal To Sell Share Of Stieglitz Art

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Fisk University has filed an appeal to sell a 50 percent share in an art collection donated to it by painter Georgia O'Keeffe to an Arkansas museum.

In March, Nashville Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle banned any sale of the 101-piece collection and set an October deadline for Fisk to retrieve the artwork from storage and put it on display.

Lyle ruled that Fisk broke the terms of the donation but shouldn't lose the art collection.

The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in New Mexico had sued to gain the rights to the collection because of the school's attempts to sell paintings and because they weren't currently on display.

The Santa Fe museum is the legal representative of the late artist's estate.

School attorneys argue in a state appellate court filing dated Friday that a proposal to sell the share to the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Ark., for $30 million does not violate O'Keeffe original intent in making the donation.

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