Norman Rockwell, Milton Avery and N.C. Wyeth led the $43.3 million Sotheby’s American Art sale on 23 May. All 11 Rockwells offered in the sale found buyers, with Rockwell’s Blacksmith’s Boy – Heel and Toe leading the sale at $8.1 million. N.C. Wyeth's delightful Portrait of a Farmer set a new record for the famed illustrator, fetching nearly $6 million. The auction saw 9 paintings exceed the million-dollar mark, including Milton Avery’s pivotal The Seamstress at $2.2 million. Following the auction, seminal American artist Frederic Edwin Church's masterpiece, Valley of Santa Isabel, New Granada, was acquired privately by The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA). Click ahead to see the top lots from the sale.
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