Mass. American Legion Post Sells Original Norman Rockwell Work For Millions

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WINCHENDON, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — An American Legion Post 193 in Winchendon was in desperate need of repairs, so they decided to sell a painting that had been hanging above the post's main staircase since 1959.

But what they had believed to be a copy of Norman Rockwell's painting titled "Home for Thanksgiving," was discovered to be the original. Post members sold the piece of art for $4.3 million at auction, making plenty of money for renovations.

Back in the 1980s, a man attending an event at the post offered $500 for the painting, to which members declined.

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Rockwell was an artist from Massachusetts, famous for his works that were flagship pieces of mid-century American culture.

WBZ's Charlie Bergeron (@CharlieBergeron) reports.

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