May 24, 2022

Lawsuits: Philly’s Rosenbach Museum and Library Sues Sendak Foundation Over Rare Books

Note: On September 14th, we shared a post about most of the Maurice Sendak collection at the Rosenbach Museum and Library being recalled by trustees of his estate.

From the Philadelphia Inquirer:

The executors of Maurice Sendak’s will have not complied with his wishes to bequeath his multimillion-dollar rare-book collection to the Rosenbach Museum and Library and for the revered author and illustrator’s work to continue to be displayed at the Rosenbach.

So claims a lawsuit filed last week in northern Fairfield County, Conn., in which the Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia asks the state’s probate court to compel individuals who overlap as executors of the estate and officers of the Maurice Sendak Foundation to carry out Sendak’s wishes.


Though the suit says the estate has said none of the items the Rosenbach claims would be auctioned, the museum has sought a court order barring the executors from transferring, disposing, or distributing any books until the dispute is resolved. It also would provide for delivery to the Rosenbach of the disputed items and any other rare books, require an accounting of the estate’s full holdings, and compel the Sendak Foundation to consult with the Rosenbach on the continued display of Sendak items in Philadelphia.

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