Friday, December 6, 2013

Rockwell painting featuring Troy buildings sells for $3.2 million (UPDATED)

Walking to Church
If for no other reason than to show I write about more than corruption, scandal, politics, cops and lawyers, according to the New York Times, a Norman Rockwell painting called “Walking to Church” that features Troy buildings was sold at auction for $3.2 million.

It was one of three paintings sold earlier this week at Sotheby’s for a collective $57.8 million. Fetching the most money by far, $46 million, is a piece called “Saying Grace,” which is $20 million more than previously paid for any of Rockwell’s work, according to the Times. In 2006, Rockwell’s “Breaking Home Ties” sold for $15.4 million, the previous standard for one of his hometown-themed paintings.
Saying Grace
The Saturday Evening Post magazine paid Rockwell $3,500 to paint “Saying Grace,” which features a boy and an elderly woman bowing their heads at dinner time, in 1955. That amount equals about $30,500 in today’s dollars according to the Times. According to the Don Rittner, writing on the Times Union website, the background in "Saying Grace" is the Burden Iron Works. It looks kind of non-descript to me, but hen again all I know about Art is I had a ball at his bar on Fourth Street.  
The third painting sold Wednesday is called “The Gossips,” (below) which features a number of finger-wagging people talking to each other, and it went for $8.45 million. It graced the magazine’s cover in 1948.
Asked why the painting that featured Troy buildings went for a relative paltry sum of money, the buyer, Rick Lapham, told the Times “It’s stylistically different” than Rockwell’s more famous paintings.
“Walking to Church” was on the magazine’s cover on April 4, 1953 and shows family members carrying bibles who are presumably, given the title, walking to church. According to the Times “Rockwell based its composition on a Vermeer painting, ‘The Little Street,’ translating the scene to fit his idealized version of an urban street scene.”
He used a composite of different buildings in Troy and a church steeple in Vermont, according to the Times.
I don’t recognize the buildings at all, and don’t recognize the steeple. It’s because of that – and the fact I am unemployed – that I did not bid on the painting.


46 comments:

  1. Those buildings were demolished by Chief Garrett, they were found to have major code violations and the owner paid for the demolition costs.

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  2. Is one 13 cypress street

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  3. No asbestos was disturbed during the painting process.

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  4. Lou is going to ask garret a favor this week and send Russ on all expenses paid trip. He wants the Rockefeller homes gone boysjian purchased the house next door

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  5. When u don't shower shave cut your bright orange hair and compost you assume a house you placed a bid on should be yours. That's what the city has become.

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  6. Where was clerk Karla at last nights meeting jim? Do you know anything

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  7. Karla must have got the meeting dates wrong.

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  8. Did she know enough to send the legal notice of meeting to the troy record or was it that other paper?

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  9. You mean with Lou and his retirement his pension his social security and his salaray for mayor he doesn't tthrow his own city floor employees a party? Hasn't yet. Harry did signs of the times

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    1. Harry always gave his employees holiday party. He depended on those people. These guys doing it for themselves. Harry respected his employees. These guys walk all over them sign of times

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    2. Lou does everything opposite harry hence the tree his neighbor needed cut down on tax payer dime. That's right neighbor had quotes for. $1200 nice guy Lou says I have my workers do it free. Nice guy on taxpayer dollar

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    3. Yeah Harry pandered to his employees, because he knew he'd need them to create a $65K a year job for him after the voters sent him packing. Twice!

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    4. Harry wont last long There all going to pass the Titanic on the way down soon Just watch and see how this plays out !~~!

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    5. Don worry just watch and see how all this plays out Harry and his coneys are all going to pass the Titanic on the way down

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  10. Lou can't afford all the Coors Light.

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  11. Great festival in powers park Vito. The citizens love you and so does Lou. Thanks for getting cox denied and for the awesome concert series and benefits you do Lou is lucky to have u as unufficial mayor of lansingburgh.

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    1. No Canadians were harmed in the production.

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  12. Cox denied! What a joke the new junk yard on 5th Av is open for business and code enforcement has the blinders on.

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    1. City had them in court last week. Ticket has been issued. High Tops Rock!

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    2. High tops answers to crawly. His salt and pepper hair is sexy

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    3. His salt & pepper hair goes well with his green eggs and Spam personality. Cool shoes though!

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    4. His salt and pepper hair looks great with a winger t shirt and acid washed jeans

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    5. Cmon --it's his Birthday today. Be nice. Wonder if his wife got him a spiffy new pair of his foot cover of choice????

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    6. Happy Birthday Senior High Tops!
      With Regards
      Juan -1 of the people you threw out of their house today.
      PS: I sorry I no realize you can't have 21 people living in a 2 bedroom apt. We no do it again Senior Hightops

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  13. Robert Charles you will get your properties and car lots when I'm mayor. Bob Dorhety and myself are working on a plan to expand your businesses all through the city. Jeff Buell is on board. Sit tight.....

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  14. If Jeff's on board it means ldc Ida funding and no taxes and others money

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  15. With this sarris and jack leg vandenburgh the city not going anywhere. This sarris use fake address to get city job on fourth street this vandenburgh didn't pay taxes and city give his bar to ed doin and jack leg bill chamberlain stop from moving city foward like old school joe Bruno. I call Pete and ask to open the garage only level head city hall pimple on my rump this zba and harry still oversee the jack leg candenburgh and crawley who brother got FHA loan scandal when deputy mayor cox family being millions revenue to city that's a fact jack. Jack rj always head in book growing up smart business man. I see new president council and make better

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    1. Take your meds bobby

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    2. Guess they used to just slide the idiots through the Troy school system. Wow!!! You attract a class clientele Mr. Franco. Fools rush in -where wise men never go!

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  16. Hopefully spokesperson behaves at downtown bars tonight.

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    1. No, lets see those puppies again!

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    2. They were real, and they were spectacular!!! She fits in well over there

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    3. Thanks Michele delair

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    4. City hall abuzz over Lou throwing employees a Christmas party like harry used to. Good guy after all. #goodguylou#chistmascheer#

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  17. Not bad enough that city of troy doubled my taxes but when you go into assessor a office to find out information the short blond woman is the rudest employee I have ever encountered in the city all. If you don't like your job retire so someone that wants to actually help and do their job can. Thank goodness for the other 2 employees and the assessor who apologized for this employees attitude. I left 2 messages with mayors office and no call. My community leader suggested I discuss it in this formum thank you. Please do something as other taxpayers don't deserve the attitude. Thanks joe morgan. North troy ny

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    1. Loved you with the Cincinnati Reds Joe. Welcome to Troy, a great place to retire. We're close to Cooperstown too.

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    2. The small shirt woman in that office yes I to have been treated rudely. Not only do you wait at the counter until she's done doing whatever it is your doing you are treated with attitude and billowing smoke. I felt like I left a bar after looking up my assessment.

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    3. I believe her name is Cheryl and yes rude isn't the word. She built a house and I never saw building permits. Code blinders on

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    4. Perhaps she can take customer service training from dave Sheerhan

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    5. just heard the same complaint this afternoon. this person said the assessors office is not very professional

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  18. Maybe Lou can look into this. It's not the way an employee should act. It's despicable. So many nice people in city hall I wanted to bid on property and decided not too after dealing with this same woman I won't buy property in troy again with an employee like this dealing with the public A south troy resident.

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  19. Lou isn't going to look into this or anything else. He's just wants to cut ribbons and bank his retirement checks. Troy is going down the tubes and Lou could care less. Look around, we're in bad shape getting worse.

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  20. Cheryl's neighborDecember 12, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    Maybe the supervisor will train her in customer service or normal human behavior

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