FBI Finds Norman Rockwell Painting Missing Since 1976

'Lazybones' was stolen from a New Jersey home
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 30, 2017 5:10 PM CDT
FBI Recovers Norman Rockwell Painting Stolen in 1976

The FBI has recovered a 1919 Norman Rockwell painting stolen more than 40 years ago from a New Jersey home, the AP reports. The painting, sometimes called "Lazybones" or "Boy Asleep with Hoe," graced the cover of the Sept. 6, 1919, edition of the Saturday Evening Post. The oil-on-canvas piece was among several items taken during a 1976 break-in in Cherry Hill, a Philadelphia suburb. Susan Murta tells the Philadelphia Inquirer she last saw the painting in her parents' home in 1976. An Inquirer story last year said the owner bought the painting for $75 after accidentally damaging it with a pool cue in 1954. It's now believed to be worth more than $1 million. It's unclear how the painting was recovered. The FBI has scheduled a news conference for Friday. (More Norman Rockwell stories.)

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