~NORMAN ROCKWELL . . ROCKETS $$
hold on to that . . DUKE RILEY, PATRIOT thought for a moment.
BREAKING NEWS: NORMAN ROCKWELL PAINTING BREAKS ALL RECORDS & SELLS FOR $46 MILLION at AUCTION.
Did we see that coming, or what ? for sure !!!!!
NORMAN ROCKWELL’S . . ‘SAYING GRACE’, sold at auction, yesterday, Dec 4, 2013, at SOTHEBY’S . . here in NYC, for $46 million dollars, setting a record for the artist & an auction record for the category ‘American Art’, as a whole.
the category is roughly defined as . . American art between 1850 and 1950.
the painting, some call it an “illustration”, appeared on the cover of the SATURDAY EVENING POST in 1951. it was sold by the family of KENNETH J. STUART Sr, Rockwell’s friend and art editor at the Post.
POST, post, and more . . post !!
according to the Daily News: Rockwell was paid $3,500 for ‘Saving Grace’ which appeared on the 1951 Thanksgiving issue, and . . the idea for the painting came from a “reader who saw a Mennonite family praying in a restaurant.”
apparently the bidding was quite fierce and fantastic, as the painting “blew” past the $20 million top estimate that the auction house had put on it.
the final price more than doubled the previous Rockwell high of $15.4 million paid for another post cover, ‘Breaking Home Ties’, which was set at Sotheby’s in 2006.
read more & see another great Rockwell, ‘THE GOSSIPS’: Norman Rockwell Painting .. Daily News