Gardner High School students may remember the painting hanging in the principal's office. It depicted soldiers in the back of an Army truck near the front lines. Titled 'Willie Gillis in Convoy,' the original Norman Rockwell painting sold at auction Wednesday morning for $2.2 million.
The painting, which was acquired by the school in the 1950s, had been taken down from the wall and kept in storage in 2000 after it was appraised at more than $400,000.
Officials said the city will get $1.9 million from the sale, which will be used for scholarships and other educational needs.
The sale was handled by Sotheby's Auction House, which did not identify the high bidder.