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Family recognized stolen Rockwell painting by pool-cue hole

Associated Press logo Associated Press 3/31/2017 By KRISTEN DE GROOT, Associated Press
Emily Murta, right, and Kaitlin Grant embrace during a news conference regarding the newly recovered Norman Rockwell painting, that belonged to their grandfather Robert Grant and was stolen more than 40 years ago, at the federal building in Philadelphia, Friday, March 31, 2017. The painting, sometimes called "Lazybones" or "Boy Asleep with Hoe," graced the cover of the Sept. 6, 1919, edition of the Saturday Evening Post. The oil-on-canvas piece was among several items taken during a 1976 break-in in Cherry Hill, N.J. a Philadelphia suburb. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) © The Associated Press Emily Murta, right, and Kaitlin Grant embrace during a news conference regarding the newly recovered Norman Rockwell painting, that belonged to their grandfather Robert Grant and was stolen more than 40 years ago, at the federal building in Philadelphia, Friday, March 31, 2017. The painting, sometimes called "Lazybones" or "Boy Asleep with Hoe," graced the cover of the Sept. 6, 1919, edition of the Saturday Evening Post. The oil-on-canvas piece was among several items taken during a 1976 break-in in Cherry Hill, N.J. a Philadelphia suburb. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A New Jersey family that lost a Norman Rockwell painting in a burglary over 40 years ago has gotten it back thanks to the FBI.

The Federal Bureau of Investigations Special Agents Don Asper, left, and Jacob Archer displays a recovered Norman Rockwell painting stolen more than 40 years ago, during a news conference at the federal building in Philadelphia, Friday, March 31, 2017. The painting, sometimes called "Lazybones" or "Boy Asleep with Hoe," graced the cover of the Sept. 6, 1919, edition of the Saturday Evening Post. The oil-on-canvas piece was among several items taken during a 1976 break-in in Cherry Hill, N.J., a Philadelphia suburb. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) © The Associated Press The Federal Bureau of Investigations Special Agents Don Asper, left, and Jacob Archer displays a recovered Norman Rockwell painting stolen more than 40 years ago, during a news conference at the federal building in Philadelphia, Friday, March 31, 2017. The painting, sometimes called "Lazybones" or "Boy Asleep with Hoe," graced the cover of the Sept. 6, 1919, edition of the Saturday Evening Post. The oil-on-canvas piece was among several items taken during a 1976 break-in in Cherry Hill, N.J., a Philadelphia suburb. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

The Grant family knew the painting was theirs because it still had damage from where their father had struck it with a pool cue.

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John Grant shakes hands with Federal Bureau of Investigations Special Agent Jacob Archer after taking custody of a recovered Norman Rockwell painting during a news conference at the federal building in Philadelphia, Friday, March 31, 2017. The painting, owned by Grant’s father, Robert, was sometimes called "Lazybones" or "Boy Asleep with Hoe," graced the cover of the Sept. 6, 1919, edition of the Saturday Evening Post. The oil-on-canvas piece was among several items taken during a 1976 break-in in Cherry Hill, N.J. a Philadelphia suburb. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) © The Associated Press John Grant shakes hands with Federal Bureau of Investigations Special Agent Jacob Archer after taking custody of a recovered Norman Rockwell painting during a news conference at the federal building in Philadelphia, Friday, March 31, 2017. The painting, owned by Grant’s father, Robert, was sometimes called "Lazybones" or "Boy Asleep with Hoe," graced the cover of the Sept. 6, 1919, edition of the Saturday Evening Post. The oil-on-canvas piece was among several items taken during a 1976 break-in in Cherry Hill, N.J. a Philadelphia suburb. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

The 1919 painting depicts a boy sleeping on the ground with his dozing dog beside a hoe he should be using for chores.

Federal Bureau of Investigations Special Agent Jacob Archer points to distinctive marks caused by a pool cue on a newly recovered Norman Rockwell painting stolen more than 40 years ago, during a news conference at the federal building in Philadelphia, Friday, March 31, 2017. The painting, sometimes called "Lazybones" or "Boy Asleep with Hoe," graced the cover of the Sept. 6, 1919, edition of the Saturday Evening Post. The oil-on-canvas piece was among several items taken during a 1976 break-in in Cherry Hill, N.J. a Philadelphia suburb. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) © The Associated Press Federal Bureau of Investigations Special Agent Jacob Archer points to distinctive marks caused by a pool cue on a newly recovered Norman Rockwell painting stolen more than 40 years ago, during a news conference at the federal building in Philadelphia, Friday, March 31, 2017. The painting, sometimes called "Lazybones" or "Boy Asleep with Hoe," graced the cover of the Sept. 6, 1919, edition of the Saturday Evening Post. The oil-on-canvas piece was among several items taken during a 1976 break-in in Cherry Hill, N.J. a Philadelphia suburb. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

The FBI says it ended up with an antiques dealer who thought it was a copy but could never sell it. The agency says he isn't suspected of a crime.

The Grants say their father paid $50 for the painting after damaging it at a friend's house.

The painting is believed to be worth more than $1 million.

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