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Norman Rockwell baseball painting sells for $1.6 million at auction

This undated photo provided by Heritage Auctions shows a rendering by Norman Rockwell of one of his best known paintings. (Heritage Auctions / Associated Press)
This undated photo provided by Heritage Auctions shows a rendering by Norman Rockwell of one of his best known paintings. (Heritage Auctions / Associated Press)

DALLAS – A rendering by Norman Rockwell of one of his best known baseball-themed paintings has sold at auction for $1.6 million.

The work was a study, or a preliminary work, for Rockwell’s “Tough Call.”

The painting depicts three umpires looking skyward pondering whether to call a game because of rain. It’s arguably the most recognizable of his baseball-themed works.

Heritage Auctions says the painting sold Sunday in Dallas to a buyer who wants to remain anonymous.

The Austin family who put the work up for auction thought they just had a print of the work before they had it examined.

The final painting is in the possession of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.


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