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Circa 1930 Babe Ruth Signed Original Artwork
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $2,937.50
Original pencil on paper drawing of Babe Ruth signed by both Ruth and the artist along the base. The unique drawing captures Ruth in profile and has been signed by him in black artist’s pencil (grading “9”) directly below his image. Signed in black ink by the artist, “Wesselmann, New York,” in the lower right. This piece was intended for publication, as evidenced by the period editorial notations on the reverse that read “2 Col Cut – line engraving Babe Ruth Thursday Journal.” A label affixed to the reverse bears similar notations: “Babe Ruth 2 Col Cut Thursday-Journal.” While not known for certain, this piece was likely commissioned for either the New York Evening Journal (1895-1937) or the New York Journal American (1937-1966). Our research has failed to uncover any information regarding the artist, who was most likely one of a number of in-house artists employed by the publication. Babe Ruth original signed artworks are rare, especially those used for publication. This extraordinary piece originates from the Barry Halper Collection and includes a signed COA from Barry Halper. The drawing (7 x 9.25 inches) displays light editorial pencil notations along the borders and is in Excellent condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $2,937.50
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