NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The state attorney general said a Davidson County court erred when it ruled the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum has the right to acquire a valuable art collection from Fisk university.
In a brief filed in the state court of appeals Monday, the attorney general said the Santa Fe, N.M., museum has no right to the art even if the university violates the conditions O'Keeffe placed on the collection when the artist donated it to Fisk.
The museum is the legal representative of the late artist's estate.
In March, Davidson County Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle blocked the sale of a 50 percent share in the collection to an Arkansas museum.
Lyle also ruled the school must put the collection on display by Oct. 6 or forfeit it to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum.
The attorney general is asking the appeals court to send the case back to the trial court.
The historically black university has tried to sell the paintings to shore up its troubled financial condition.
Experts estimate the Alfred Stieglitz collection could be worth well more than $100 million on the open market.
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