Late Cartoonist’s Rockwell Painting Sells for $15.4 Million

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By: E&P Staff

A Norman Rockwell painting with a cartoonist connection sold for $15.4 million at Sotheby’s auction house.

Rockwell’s 1954 creation was one of the most popular covers in the history of The Saturday Evening Post. It shows a boy about to leave home, along with his dog and his stoic father sitting on the running board of a beat-up truck.

The “Breaking Home Ties” painting was found this spring behind a false wall in a Vermont house after its owner, “Henry” cartoonist Don Trachte Jr., died. During a divorce in the 1970s, Trachte had apparently copied the picture and hid the original in order to prevent his wife from ever getting possession of the valuable painting.

King Features Syndicate continues to distribute the “Henry” comic.

Norman Rockwell also had another cartoonist connection. His nephew, Richard Rockwell, assisted Milt Caniff on the “Steve Canyon” strip.

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