$15.4 Million at Sotheby’s for a Rockwell Found Hidden Behind a Wall

A beloved Norman Rockwell painting that was discovered behind a false wall in a Vermont home last spring sold yesterday at Sotheby’s for $15.4 million, a record price for the artist at auction.

The image, “Breaking Home Ties,” reproduced on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post on Sept. 25, 1954, was voted the second-most popular cover in the magazine’s history. (No. 1 was “Saying Grace,” the Nov. 24, 1951 cover, also by Rockwell.)

The previous auction record for a Rockwell was $9.2 million at Sotheby’s in May for “Homecoming Marine.”

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