Rockwell Santa Painting Sells for $2.17M

Prices for magazine cover originals may be heading north
By Zach Samalin,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 30, 2007 2:02 PM CST
This photo of a Norman Rockwell painting entitled "Extra Good Boys and Girls," was released by Christie's Images LTD, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2007 in New York. The painting sold to an anonymous buyer for $2.17...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Straddling the line between art, illustration, and extravagant Christmas gift, Norman Rockwell's "Extra Good Boys and Girls" raked in $2.17 million at a Christie's auction this week. The painting, originally a 1939 Saturday Evening Post cover, didn't hit the $2.5 million to $3.5 million estimate, but Christie's was still jolly, Reuters reports.

"This is our high-end Christmas present for this season," the head of the Christie's American art department told the New York Post. The picture features a classic red-pajama-clad Santa, seated on a ladder in front of a map of his global toy delivery route, reading a journal bearing the phrase "Extra Good Boys and Girls." (Read more Norman Rockwell stories.)