Rockwell Painting $46 Million: Record Breaking $46 million Saying Grace Rockwell Painting Sold In An AuctionBy May Shella Mojana-Macuha on Dec 5, 2013 in Arts, Lifestyle, United States •
“Saying Grace” Painting
Norman Rockwell‘s 1951 “Saying Grace” painting reportedly sold on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at Sotheby’s American Art auction for a record breaking amount of $46 million.
Sotheby’s said in a report that it was the highest price an American painting has ever garnered at an auction.
“We are thrilled — it’s a really great moment for American art and for Rockwell,” Elizabeth Goldberg, head of the American Art Department at Sotheby’s said in a report.
In 1999, George Bellows‘ painting “Polo Crowd” set the previous record for an American painting when it sold at Sotheby’s auction for $27.7 million.
The $46 million Rockwell‘s “Saying Grace” painting reportedly had a pre-sale estimate of $15 million to $20 million. It depicts a boy praying with an elderly woman at their table in a bustling restaurant.
Report says that two people on the telephone bid against each other for nine minutes before the hammer came down. The name of the buyer of the painting was not disclosed.
“Saying Grace,” painting appeared on the Thanksgiving issue cover of The Saturday Evening Post in 1951 and was voted Post readers’ favorite cover in a 1955 poll, report says.
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