Rockwell masterpiece sells for $46M at NYC auction

ULA ILNYTZKY, Associated Press
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NEW YORK (AP) — A Norman Rockwell painting titled “Saying Grace” has been sold at a New York City auction for a record $46 million.

The popular Norman Rockwell masterpiece "Saying Grace." (AP Photo/Sotheby's, File)

The popular Norman Rockwell masterpiece “Saying Grace.” (AP Photo/Sotheby’s, File)

According to Sotheby’s, “Saying Grace” set an auction record Wednesday for works by the Saturday Evening Post illustrator. The price includes a premium.

The painting had a pre-sale estimate of $15 million to $20 million. In 2006, the same auction house sold Rockwell’s “Breaking Home Ties” for more than $15 million, then a record.

“Saying Grace” depicts a crowded restaurant with a boy and woman bowed in prayer at their table.

For nearly two decades, it had been on loan at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass.

Another Rockwell painting, “The Gossips,” sold for just under $8.5 million, while “Walking to Church” fetched a little more than $3.2 million.

The popular Norman Rockwell masterpiece "The Gossips." (AP Photo/Sotheby's, File)

The popular Norman Rockwell masterpiece “The Gossips.” (AP Photo/Sotheby’s, File)

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