A painting by the iconic American artist Norman Rockwell has been stolen from a storage facility in Queens, New York. The painting is worth an estimated $1 million.
CBS New York reports that police said the painting was reported missing from a Maspeth, Queens storage facility called Art Moving and Storage facility on Sept. 13 at 7 p.m.
The painting is 22 inches by 28 inches and is titled Sport. It features a man in a rowboat with the name “Sport,” wearing a yellow raincoat and fishing. He is smoking a pipe and wearing a hat. It was among the many Rockwell paintings used for a Saturday Evening Post cover and completed in 1939 in oil paint on canvas.
According to The LA Times, the piece was just on the market, going for $1.1 million at a Sotheby’s sale in May and sold by a Birmingham, Ala. collector.
The NY Times reports that Sotheby’s is holding another Rockwell auction in December. It believes that one piece, Saying Grace, could go for as much as $15 million, as Rockwell’s works become more popular among art collectors.
Jonathan Stuart, whose father was Rockwell’s Saturday Evening Post art director, told the NY Times that whoever stole the painting isn’t going to have an easy time trying to sell it. “How are they going to sell something that was just publicly sold for $1 million?” he said. “If someone came to me with that, I’d call Sotheby’s or the police.”
Police are asking anyone with information to call NYPD Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.