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Norman Rockwell Painting Disappears From Storage

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  • Norman Rockwell Painting Disappears From Storage

    A Norman Rockwell painting that sold for more than $1 million at an auction in May disappeared from a storage warehouse in Queens last month, the police said on Tuesday.

    The New York Police Department is asking for the public’s help in finding the painting, which appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post on April 29, 1939. The painting, “Sport,” shows a fisherman in a boat, holding a fishing rod and wearing a yellow raincoat.

    Though the painting is not one of the artist’s most famous works, it sold for $1,085,000 at a Sotheby’s auction in New York City on May 22. The police declined to identify the owner of the painting, which was sold from a private collection in Birmingham, Ala.

    The painting was found to be missing from Welpak Art Moving and Storage in Queens on the evening of Sept. 13, the police said. The warehouse, at 58-60 Grand Avenue in Maspeth, provides shipping and storage services for museums, art galleries and private collectors, according to its Web site.

    Jonathan Stuart, a son of Rockwell’s longtime art director at the magazine, said on Tuesday that he was shocked to learn that “Sport” had disappeared. Although he did not know who owned this painting, he said that Rockwell’s paintings had been popular in recent years, bought by celebrities, including Steven Spielberg and George Lucas.

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    It's been ten years since that lonely day I left you
    In the morning rain, smoking gun in hand
    Ten lonely years but how my heart, it still remembers
    Pray for me, momma, I'm a gypsy now