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.
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.