NEW YORK (AP) The founders of a New York art foundation are suing the organization to try to stop it from auctioning off some $20 million worth of artworks at Sotheby's next week.

The New York Times ( ) says Dia Art Foundation founders Heiner Friedrich and Fariha de Menil Friedrich are seeking an injunction against Dia and Sotheby's. The artworks are scheduled to be sold on Wednesday. They include pieces by John Chamberlain and Cy Twombly. The Friedrichs donated many of the works to the Beacon, N.Y.-based foundation.

The suit was filed in Manhattan on Thursday.

Dia has been criticized by many in the art world for its decision to sell the works. Dia says it needs the money to grow.

Sotheby's and Dia say they're reviewing the lawsuit. They had no comment.


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