Saturday, October 10, 2015

National Press Club To Sell Their Norman Rockwell Painting

There's some irony here. Small town journalism goes on the block.
The paper is the Monroe County Appeal, a weekly published at Paris, Missouri since 1867.
From Poynter:

National Press Club to sell its Rockwell for as much as $15 million
“Norman Rockwell Visits a Country Editor” -- 1946
A picture may be worth a thousand words to journalists. It can be worth a whole lot more if you’re the National Press Club.

The Washington journalism bastion on Friday morning was outlining to members a decision to sell its Norman Rockwell painting, “Norman Rockwell Visits a Country Editor,” for as much as $15 million at a Nov. 19 auction at Christie’s.

“This is wonderful news for the Club and the Institute because we will have additional resources to carry out our missions for many years to come,” club president John Hughes said in a release detailing the Thursday decision by the boards of the club and the National Press Club Journalism Institute.

“However, this news may come as a surprise to many of you. You may wonder, are the Club and Institute broke, or desperate for cash, so that they had to look around the Club to look for assets to sell? No, that is far from the case. Then what is going on? How did we get to this point?”

The painting was first revealed in a 1946 issue of the Saturday Evening Post. It was given to the club in the early 1960s, hung near the “Reliable Source” bar there for years and then transferred to the institute in 1988. For much of the last six years, it’s been at the Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts....MORE
The auction record for a Rockwell was set in 2013, $46 million.