There has been a growing demand for works by Norman Rockwell in the past decade, but even more so since last fall when his “Saying Grace” sold for $46 million, the highest price ever paid for an American painting.
Collectors will have an opportunity to acquire a Rockwell work that is appearing on the market for the first time when Grogan & Co. offers the oil study for “The Fireman” at its auction next Sunday at 10 a.m. at its Dedham gallery.
The 14-by-11-inch oil on paperboard study for the painting that was the cover for the May 27, 1944, issue of the Saturday Evening Post has descended in the family of its original owner and has a $50,000-$100,000 estimate. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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