Image: Norman Rockwell Painting Missing: $1M Artwork Stolen From Storage

Norman Rockwell Painting Missing: $1M Artwork Stolen From Storage

Friday, 11 Oct 2013 03:30 PM

By Ken Mandel

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Add "Sport" to the growing list of stolen Norman Rockwell paintings.

The painting, which fetched $1 million at a Sothebys' auction in May, was reported missing from a storage company in Queens, N.Y., early last month, and became the 42rd Rockwell piece to disappear.

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The work depicts a man in a rowboat wearing a yellow raincoat to shield himself from the elements, while smoking an inverted pipe. It appeared on the cover of the April 29, 1939, issue of The Saturday Evening Post.

This particular work is signed by Rockwell.

Julian Radcliffe, chairman of the Art Loss Register, told ABC News that the thief isn't likely to "sell it for its real value, but somebody might be able to sell it in a dodgy manner for a fraction of its value, either because they haven't read the newspapers or because they're not too fussy of what they buy."

Rockwell is one of America's most celebrated artists, and produced more than 4,000 paintings. He is best known for producing 321 paintings for the Saturday Evening Post over a 47-year period.

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Art thieves have long targeted some of the world's greatest painters, including Pablo Picasso and Claude Monet. In July, a Romanian woman reportedly destroyed stolen artwork valued at more than $143 million to spare her son from potential jail time.

In July, Picasso's stepdaughter accused a handyman of stealing 407 of the artist's pieces from a filing cabinet in her house.

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