Long Popular But Cheap, Rockwell’s Work Now Breaking Auction Records


There’s still no word on the identity of the winning bidder who shelled out $46 million a week ago for a Norman Rockwell painting. The auction of “Saying Grace” set a record for a Rockwell work. It shows a young boy and an elderly woman bowing their heads in prayer in a crowded diner. 

The painting had long been housed at the Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. The Saturday Evening Post icon lived and worked in the Berkshire town. Last month, a new biography of Rockwell came out, from Deborah Solomon.

New England Public Radio’s Jeremy Goodwin asked Solomon if she was surprised by the price of “Saying Grace.”