Rockwell Painting Long Thought to Be Copy Sells for $1.6 million
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Norman Rockwell is considered one of America's most famous artists of the 20th century.
He was known for painting traditional and small-town American scenes. His subjects included sports, war and images of American culture, such as a Thanksgiving dinner or a family praying together.
Today, people who own original Norman Rockwell paintings can sell them for a lot of money.
A family in Texas had enjoyed their Rockwell image for many years. They thought the picture hanging above their fireplace was a copy – not an original painting.
But recently, a member of the family discovered the truth – the piece was in fact a signed Norman Rockwell masterpiece.
It shows a group of baseball umpires looking up at the sky while deciding whether to cancel a game due to rain. Rockwell painted it as a study, a smaller work created in preparation for his famous piece "Tough Call" in 1948.
Rockwell gave the study to one of the umpires featured in the piece. The image remained in the family. His completed "Tough Call" sits in America's Baseball Hall of Fame.
Once family members received confirmation the piece was a real, signed original, they decided to list it with an auction company.
Chris Ivy is director of Sports Memorabilia at Heritage Auctions, which took in the painting. He said it was "remarkable" to find such an important Norman Rockwell original after so many years.
It was also remarkable how much money the painting brought during the recent auction in Dallas, Texas.
The company had predicted the masterpiece would bring in about $300,000. So nearly everyone was surprised when the painting sold for $1.6 million to an unnamed collector.
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诺曼·洛克威尔（Norman Rockwell）被誉为20世纪美国最著名的艺术家之一 。
他的画以美国传统和小镇风景见长 。他作画的主题包括运动、战争和美国文化意象，如感恩节晚宴或家人团聚祷告 。
德克萨斯州一户人家收藏洛克威尔的画作已经多年 。他们认为挂在家中壁炉上方的画是一个复制品——并非原作 。
这幅画描绘的是一众棒球裁判员仰望天空，决定是否因下雨取消比赛 。1948年，洛克威尔将其作为一幅前作，这幅小型作品是为了著名画作《Tough Call》而作的准备 。
洛克威尔将这幅前作送给了画中的一名裁判 。裁判一家一直保存着这幅画 。洛克威尔完整的《Tough Call》作品保存在美国的棒球名人堂 。
克里斯·艾维（Chris Ivy）是遗产拍卖行体育纪念品处的负责人，他们接下了这幅作品 。他表示，这么多年终于找到一副如此重要的洛克威尔原作，实在是“举世瞩目” 。
该拍卖行预测，该作品售价约30万美元 。当这幅画以160万美元的价格卖给一位匿名藏家后，所有人都大吃一惊 。