Norman Rockwell's 'Saying Grace' Turns 62 Today

11/24/2013 04:57 am ET

On a day like today, American illustrator Norman Rockwell created "Saying Grace," capturing a Mennonite family praying in a bustling restaurant. Rockwell created the work 62 years ago today, as cover art for the Saturday Evening Post. In 1955 the iconic depiction was voted Post readers' favorite cover.

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Saying Grace

The now iconic image is heading to Sotheby's on December 4, where it's expected to bring between $15 million to $20 million. A pretty hefty sum, considering he was paid $3,500 for the image originally. "Saying Grace" may even beat Rockwell's current record of $15.4 million, which was set in 2006 for "Breaking Home Ties." See the other works heading to auction this winter below.

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Color Study for “Breaking Home Ties,” 1954

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Color Study for “Girl at Mirror,” 1954

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Color Study for “Norman Rockwell Visits a Country School,” 1946

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The Day I Painted Ike, 1952

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The Gossips

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Walking to Church

A selection of paintings by Norman Rockwell from the family of Kenneth J. Stuart Sr. will head to auction on December 4, 2013 at Sotheby's in New York.

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