An area authority is auctioning 152 items of art work, regardless of criticism it is going to be “misplaced to the general public eternally”.
Hertfordshire County Council is promoting gadgets from its assortment which it stated had “little relevance to the county”.
The sale, which begins at 11:00 GMT, contains works by 20th Century British artists John Tunnard, Edward Wadsworth and Barbara Hepworth.
Opponents of the sale need the “important physique of artwork” put in a belief.
The council started to amass the work in 1949 as a part of the College Mortgage Assortment, an initiative the place faculties may borrow artwork to provide pupils entry to modern works.
The service was discontinued in 2017, at which level the authority had 1,828 works valued at £26.2m.
The council stated it wished to eliminate 90% of the gathering as a result of it was susceptible to deterioration and there was an absence of sources to handle the art work correctly.
The sale contains works by distinguished painters reminiscent of Joan Eardley, Anne Redpath and John Minton.
Some 112 works have additionally been accepted as items by Hertfordshire organisations, with greater than 1,000 works nonetheless to be supplied.
Conservative councillor Terry Douris stated the choice to eliminate a lot of the gathering was “the wise factor to do” as 60% of it was “languishing in storage and never obtainable to the general public”.
A petition to cease the sale requested the council to hunt different funding choices and place the gathering in a belief for the advantage of future generations.
The petition founder, who requested to not be named, stated: “A major physique of artwork, most of it purchased with public funds and together with many works by celebrated fashionable British artists, will disappear into personal arms and be misplaced to the general public eternally.”
Two additional auctions will probably be held in April and Might and the cash raised by the council will probably be used to preserve its remaining 167 items.
These which can stay embrace 4 Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth sculptures, which alone are insured for £21.85m.