STOCKBRIDGE, Mass., March 19 (UPI) -- A family fight may mean that some of Norman Rockwell's best known works will no longer hang at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass.
Three brothers, the sons of the former art director of the Saturday Evening Post, are fighting over the fate of three paintings. One of the works, "Saying Grace," depicts a grandmother and grandson saying grace in a busy restaurant, and is worth an estimated $20 million to $25 million, the Hartford (Conn.) Courant reported. The Stuart family has loaned the paintings to the Norman Rockwell Museum for more than a decade.
One of the brothers, Kenneth Stuart Jr., wants to sell the painting and he's asked a court for permission to do so. His lawyer told the Courant that's the only way he can get out of bankruptcy.
His brothers, William and Jonathan Stuart, don't want to sell the painting and have accused him of mishandling their late father's estate.
The museum, meanwhile, is keeping a watchful eye on the court proceedings.
"These works are some of Norman Rockwell's best-known images," Stephanie Plunkett, the museum's chief curator told the Courant.