Missing Norman Rockwell Is Recovered

A Norman Rockwell painting that was missing for a time from a storage facility in Queens, N.Y., has been recovered, according to a spokesman for Welpak Corp., the art moving and storage company that had handled the transport and storage of the painting after its sale. The 1939 painting, called “Sport,” was used as one of the many Saturday Evening Post covers for which the artist is well-known. It sold last spring for more than $1 million at an auction in New York and disappeared later last year. The oil painting depicts a fisherman in a tiny boat wearing a yellow rain jacket and smoking an upside-down pipe. Jean Gardner, a lawyer representing Welpak, said a private investigator recovered the painting in Ohio, that it was still in the same wrapping used previously for storage and appeared to be undamaged. Gardner also said no one has been charged in the painting’s disappearance.

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