A Norman Rockwell painting depicting Red Sox players in a locker room sold for $22.6 million at a Christie’s auction on Thursday. The final bid was actually on the low-end of estimates that ranged from $20-$30million, but was still the highest selling item at the auction.
“The Rookie (Red Sox Locker Room)” was painted in 1957. The painting shows Red Sox players sizing up a rookie teammate who has just arrived in the locker room. According to the LA Times, the return on investment is the real story here: the painting originally sold in 1986 for $600k.
“The Berkshire Eagle in Massachusetts reported this week that the model for the rookie was Sherman Safford, now 75. Safford told the newspaper that he was 18 at the time Rockwell created the painting and that he was paid $60 for each posing session.”
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