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FBI recovers Rockwell painting stolen in New Jersey in 1976

Associated Press logo Associated Press 3/30/2017

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The FBI has recovered a 1919 Norman Rockwell painting stolen more than 40 years ago from a New Jersey home.

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, a Philadelphia suburb.

Norman Rockwell, the artist, and his wife and son, Jerry, shown on board the S.S. Berengaria in New York City on Sept. 23, 1932, when they returned to the United States after spending seven months abroad. (AP Photo) © (AP Photo) Norman Rockwell, the artist, and his wife and son, Jerry, shown on board the S.S. Berengaria in New York City on Sept. 23, 1932, when they returned to the United States after spending seven months abroad. (AP Photo) Susan Murta tells The Philadelphia Inquirer (http://bit.ly/2nONreH ) the FBI did a great job. She last saw the painting in her parents' home in 1976. Her parents are now deceased.

An Inquirer story last year said the owner forked over $75 for it after accidentally damaging the painting with a pool cue in 1954. It's now believed worth more than $1 million.

It's unclear how the painting was recovered.

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Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, http://www.inquirer.com

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