Norman Rockwell was born an 1894 and he is still is one of the major influences in painting. His works are very popular in the United States because of the reflections of the American culture in great part of his paintings, which reproduced the daily life of the citizens of that time. He was also responsible for the illustrations for the Saturday Evening Post for more than a decade. Some of his famous works include Willie Gillis, The Problem We All Live With, Saying Grace, Four Freedoms, etc.
In 2013, one of his masterpieces was sold at an auction at a record price. Saying Grace was sold at a price that surpassed three ties previous records of the same painting being sold in former auctions, reaching the price of $46 million. There were also other paintings from Rockwell, sold for a total of $12 million.
Saying Grace is the painting of a very crowded restaurant that people with the image of a boy and a woman saying their prayers while other people dining look at them. It is without a doubt one of the most memorable Norman Rockwell self portrait. It had a pre-sale at 15 million and no one really expected that the price would escalate that much.