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Norman Rockwell's painting 'Willie Gillis: Package From Home' for sale

Nov. 13, 2012 at 12:37 PM

CHICAGO, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Norman Rockwell's painting "Willie Gillis: Package From Home" is expected to fetch at least $3 million at a Chicago sale, Susanin's auction house said.

The 1941 work is to hit the auction block Dec. 1. It is the first of Rockwell's series for the Saturday Evening Post that followed the fictional Willie Gillis through his World War II U.S. military service.

"This is an extremely rare and important piece of American history, both culturally and socially," Sean Susanin, co-founder of Susanin's, said in a statement Monday. "We are thrilled it will be sold here in Chicago. It is certainly one of the finest Rockwells, which uniquely demonstrates the artist's unmatched ability to tell a complex story through simple, compelling images."

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