Norman Rockwell (1894-1978), The Rookie (Red Sox Locker Room). Oil on canvas; 41 x 39 in.; Painted in 1957. Estimate: $20,000,000-30,000,000. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2014

Norman Rockwell (1894-1978), The Rookie (Red Sox Locker Room). Oil on canvas; 41 x 39 in.; Painted in 1957. Estimate: $20,000,000-30,000,000. Photo: Christie’s Images Ltd 2014

Christie’s announced that Norman Rockwell’s iconic painting The Rookie (Red Sox Locker Room) will be included in the May 22nd sale of American Art. The work, which has never been offered at auction, was painted in 1957 for the March 2nd cover of The Saturday Evening Post and has remained in the same private collection for nearly thirty years. It has been publicly exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston twice–once in 2005 and again in 2008–following World Series victories by the Red Sox. Estimated at $20-30 million, The Rookie (Red Sox Locker Room) marks the highest estimate ever for Norman Rockwell at auction.

Elizabeth Beaman, Senior Specialist of American Art at Christie’s, said, “During his lifetime, Norman Rockwell was witness to such important artistic movements as Impressionism, Cubism, Surrealism, and Abstract Expressionism. In choosing a path of illustration, however, he became as ubiquitous to the American public as the images he created. With over 800 magazine covers to his name, Rockwell earned the reputation of America’s preeminent illustrator and helped forge a sense of national identity through his art. The renewed demand for these uniquely American works of art is evidenced by their increasingly strong prices in recent seasons and this particular painting, capturing America’s favorite pastime, will surely have wide ranging appeal among collectors.”

Via (artdaily.com).

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