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ARTicle of Interest: Norman Rockwell's The Coin Toss

By Ohsocynthia @OhSoCynthia

ARTicle of interest: Norman Rockwell's The Coin Toss
Dallas is home to many priceless works of art. Some hang in museums, many reside in public spaces for anyone to view and others live in private collections - like the Norman Rockwell painting above. According to ESPN, it hangs on the living room wall of Jerry Jones estimated $20 million mansion in Dallas' posh Highland Park suburb. The painting is called "Coin Toss." With a football cradled in his left arm, his right thumb raised and his eyes aimed heavenward, Rockwell's pear-shaped referee, flanked by skinny football players, flips a coin that hangs in midair. The image was the cover of The Saturday Evening Post dated Oct. 21, 1950. "I bought this painting in 1989 right after buying the Cowboys," Jones says, "I had no money left -- I mean, nothing. But Ross Perot collects Rockwells and he told me this one was too good to pass up so I somehow scraped together $1.1 million." Recently, Jones says, auction house Christie's appraised "Coin Toss" at $18.5 million. "Nothing I've ever owned has appreciated that much," Jones says.
While this painting is not for public consumption, there are 21 works of art located throughout Cowboys AT&T Stadium that can be viewed by the public. There are two ways to explore the art inside the Stadium: either with the help of knowledgeable guides who can explain the meaning of the artists, or on a self-guided tour. Guests can download the App to their own device, or check out an iTouch handset, allowing them to watch videos and learn about the artwork as they experience it firsthand. The iTouch Art Tours take place on Mondays and Wednesdays, departing at 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m., and the guided ventures leave at the same times on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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