A rendering of a popular Norman Rockwell painting with a baseball theme has scored major league cash in an auction.
“Tough Call” – a 1948 painting which focuses on three umpires and has also been referred to as “Bottom of the Sixth,” “Game Called Because of Rain” or “The Three Umpires” – sold for $1.6 million Sunday.
The rendering was purchased through Heritage Auctions by an anonymous buyer in Dallas, The Associated Press reports.
The painting shows three umpires looking toward the sky as a light rain falls. In the background, a scoreboard shows the game is in the bottom of the sixth, with the Pittsburgh Pirates leading 1-0 over the Brooklyn Dodgers. Also seen is a conversation between what may be the managers for both clubs.
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Considered to be one of Rockwell’s most famous baseball-themed works, the original painting hangs at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y.