New York • A Norman Rockwell painting titled "Saying Grace" sold Wednesday at a New York City auction for $46 million, a record for the Saturday Evening Post illustrator, Sotheby's said.
The painting had a pre-sale estimate of $15 million to $20 million. The $46 million price includes a premium. In 2006, the same auction house sold Rockwell's "Breaking Home Ties" for more than $15 million, then a record.
Another Rockwell painting, "The Gossips," sold Wednesday for just under $8.5 million, while a third, "Walking to Church," fetched a little more than $3.2 million.
For nearly two decades, all three had been on loan at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass., which has the world's largest collection of original Rockwell art located in the artist's hometown.