Stolen Rockwell painting fetches more than $900K at auction

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 4, 2017 7:53 AM

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The Federal Bureau of Investigations Special Agents Don Asper, left, and Jacob Archer displays a recovered Norman Rockwell painting stolen more than 40 years ago, during a news conference at the federal building in Philadelphia, Friday, March 31, 2017. The painting, sometimes called "Lazybones" or "Boy Asleep with Hoe," graced the cover of the Sept. 6, 1919, edition of the Saturday Evening Post. The oil-on-canvas piece was among several items taken during a 1976 break-in in Cherry Hill, N.J., a Philadelphia suburb.

(Philadelphia) -- A Norman Rockwell painting recently returned to a family after it was stolen from their New Jersey home has sold for over $900,000 at auction.

The 1919 painting is known as "Taking a Break" and "Lazybones," and was featured on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post.

FBI agents returned the painting to the Grant family in Philadelphia last March, after it was stolen in a break-in more than 40 years ago.

The family knew the painting belonged to them because it still had damage from where their father had struck it with a pool cue.

Heritage Auctions conducted the auction on Friday in Dallas. It had been expected to fetch up to $1.5 million.

Two phone bidders competed for the painting.

Heritage said the buyer asked to remain anonymous.

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