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Record Rockwell auction spurs questions in VT

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BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Art experts say they're not sure how the recent sale of a Norman Rockwell painting for a record $46 million could affect the value of "The Babysitter," a Rockwell painting that hangs in the University of Vermont's Fleming Museum.

Rockwell lived in Vermont from 1939 to 1953 and incorporated many of the state's people and places into his work. He gave "The Babysitter" to the Taft School after students asked for a painting to honor a classmate who died of leukemia.

The painting is appraised at $900,000, but museum director Janie Cohen told the Burlington Free Press she isn't sure it's worth more now than it was before the Sotheby's acution earlier this month, when six Rockwells fetched a total of nearly $60 million.

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