Like Rosie the Riveter, which Rockwell also created, Willie Gillis became a WWII icon. Willie Gillis: Package From Home was first published on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post on October 4, 1941. The near life-size oil portrait portrays a wet-behind-the-
Rockwell's Rosie the Riveter sold at auction in 2002 for nearly $5 million. In 2006, Rockwell's Breaking Home Ties fetched a record-setting $15.4 million from an anonymous buyer.
Willie Gillis: Package from Home is a highlight of Susanin's December 1, 2012 fine art and estate jewelry auction. The live auction begins at 1pm CST. Bids from registered buyers will be taken live, via phone, and internet.
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Located in Chicago's South Loop at 900 South Clinton, Susanin's is the Midwest's largest fine art auction house. Founded in 1994 by Sean Susanin and the late Christian Skeem, Susanin's rose to prominence after becoming one of the first auction houses to go online with interactive auctions. Though it specializes in fine art, Susanin's monthly auctions feature English, American, Continental and Asian furniture and decorative art, jewelry, silver, rugs, and collectibles. The auction house will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2013, and this year passed the $125 million mark in sales.
Contact: Patrick Kearney (312) 832-9037