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Babe Ruth Perez-Steele Hall of Fame Postcard Original Artwork
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $9,400.00
Original watercolor-on-board painting of Babe Ruth created by Dick Perez for the Perez-Steele Hall of Fame postcard set. Signed by the artist in the lower left corner. This artwork is from the very first Perez-Steele postcard series published in 1980. The 1980 Hall of Fame postcard set was the first Perez-Steele art card set ever produced, and is universally recognized as the landmark Perez-Steele card issue. Publishing of the set began in 1980 and was then updated every few years, through 2001, to add new inductees. Barry Halper purchased the original Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig artworks directly from Frank Steele in 1981. Many collectors have wondered what could have possibly happened to the Ruth and Gehrig paintings, as they were not among the items in the 1999 Halper auction and never surfaced elsewhere. The answer, of course, is that Barry kept them. The Ruth original painting, along with Gehrig and three legendary Yankees managers, remained prominently displayed on Barry Halper's living-room walls, where they have resided for the past twenty-five years. These paintings were among his favorites. From the Barry Halper Collection. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$4,000. SOLD FOR $9,400.00
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