Rockwell Original Found Behind Wall
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Don Trachte died in 2005, but his deception was only revealed in 2006 when his sons, Dave and Don Jr, discovered the original painting (Breaking Home Ties) hidden in a secret compartment behind the walls of their father’s house. It had lain there undisturbed, along with seven other valuable works by contemporary artists, for the best part of 35 years – the exact date is uncertain, since even now nobody knows when Trachte made the switch.Tiny Fox Lab Facts

Breaking Home Ties, which hangs at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, is one of the American artist’s best-known and most popular works, worth an estimated $5m on the art market.

Preview photo credit: AP/Norman Rockwell Museum