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The painting is a full-length portrait of Benjamin Franklin leaning on a desk with a quill pen in hand.
The painting is a full-length portrait of Benjamin Franklin leaning on a desk with a quill pen in hand.Profiles in History via Associated Press

A Norman Rockwell painting that was owned by Debbie Reynolds is going up for auction.

The oil-on-canvas painting, which had been on loan to the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, is just one of many of the actress’s possessions that will be put on the auction block in October.

Jeremy Clowe, a spokesman for the museum, said Tuesday that the painting, of Benjamin Franklin, had been on view in Stockbridge until a couple of months ago.

“Before that, it was on and off for the past seven years,” he said in an e-mail to the Globe.

The painting is a full-length portrait of Franklin leaning on a desk, quill pen in hand.

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It appeared on the cover of the May 29, 1926, edition of the Saturday Evening Post to commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

The piece is among approximately 1,500 items that belonged to Reynolds and her daughter Carrie Fisher that will be sold to the highest bidder Oct. 7 and 8.

Profiles in History, a California auction house, is conducting the sale.

It said the Rockwell painting has been exhibited in 12 US museums since 1972, and this marks the first time the painting has been put up for auction. The auction house estimates it could sell for as much as $3 million.


Emily Sweeney can be reached at esweeney@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @emilysweeney.