Rockwell fetches $2.8 million: Norman Rockwell Painting Sets Record at Chicago auction (Photo)By Alex Jusi Madlangbayan on Dec 2, 2012 in Amazing, United States, World •
The Norman Rockwell painting fetches $2.8 million and set a record high at the Susanin’s Auctions in Chicago on Saturday, December 1, 2012.
Image Credit: WLS–Chicago
A private buyer reportedly won the bid for the World War II painting entitled “Willie Gillis Food Package from Home.”
Rockwell painting’s winning bid however, is below the estimated $5 million pre-auction value.
Emily Betts Susanin, director of marketing and communications for Susanin’s Auctions, revealed that no other painting had ever fetched more at a Chicago auction than the Rockwell painting. The previous auction record bid for a painting sold at a Chicago auction was $1.43 million fetched in 1991 by Vincent van Gogh‘s “Still Life with Flowers.”
A series of Willie Gillis paintings were created by American artist Rockwell from 1941 to 1946. Among Rockwell‘s Willie Gillis paintings include “Package from Home” and “Willie Gillis in College.”
Other famous Rockwell paintings include “Rosie the Riveter,” “Saying Grace” and the “Four Freedom” series.
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