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This photo provided by Curtis Licensing via Christie's auction house in New York shows Norman Rockwell's 1957 painting, "The Rookie (Red Sox Locker Room)." The painting, showing Frank Sullivan, Jackie Jensen, Sammy White, Billy Goodman and Ted Williams, will be auctioned by Christie's May 22.
This photo provided by Curtis Licensing via Christie's auction house in New York shows Norman Rockwell's 1957 painting, "The Rookie (Red Sox Locker Room)." The painting, showing Frank Sullivan, Jackie Jensen, Sammy White, Billy Goodman and Ted Williams, will be auctioned by Christie's May 22. Uncredited

It’s possible that in less than a month, Norman Rockwell’s iconic painting “The Rookie (Red Sox Locker Room)” will disappear from public view. The cover illustration for the March 2, 1957, Saturday Evening Post is being auctioned by its anonymous owner at Christie’s May 22 and is expected to fetch at least $20 million. In the meantime, the Museum of Fine Arts, which displayed “The Rookie” in 2005 and 2008, will exhibit the locker room scene from April 29-May 4. The oil painting features Sox players Ted Williams, Frank Sullivan, Bill Goodman, and Jackie Jensen.


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