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Original 1990 Ron Lewis Painting - The 1961 New York Yankees
Starting Bid - $2,000, Sold For - $6,463
Original oil on canvas painting of the 1961 World Champion New York Yankees by renowned baseball artist Ron Lewis. Signed and dated ("90") by Lewis in the lower right corner. In May 1990, thirty members of the legendary 1961 New York Yankees were brought together at that historic signing show held at Trump Castle in Atlantic City, New Jersey. In conjunction with that significant signing event, the promoters commissioned Ron Lewis to create a signature artwork that would be used to produce a limited edition of high-quality art lithographs and posters for signing to commemorate the historic reunion. That limited-edition lithograph has been one of the great classics in the collecting world relating to the 1961 New York Yankees ever since. Offered here is the very painting produced by Lewis for that event. It has been consigned to this auction directly by the original organizer of the event! This gigantic painting, which measures an incredible five feet by three feet, features forty-one members of the 1961 New York Yankees in a classic team pose at Yankee Stadium. This is universally recognized as the premier 1961 New York Yankees artwork and the enormity of the piece only serves to enhance its status as one of the most visually stunning baseball paintings ever produced. This painting has never been previously offered for sale, either privately or publicly. Included with the painting are five of the original show posters (37.5 x 24 inches) plus an original fold-over advertising flyer (8.5 x 11 inches) for the event, all of which feature this very image. As part of the promotion for the show, each paying guest was given a poster free of charge upon admission. A limited number of signed lithographs, featuring the signatures of the sixteen attending players were also available for sale to collectors and immediately sold out. Ron Lewis is one of the finest and most prominent sports artists alive today and is best known for his special-event artworks such as his famous 500 Home Run Club paintings. The offered painting is one of his most famous works, and is all the more notable both for its splendid imagery and immense size. The painting is in Near Mint condition and has been framed to total dimensions 66 x 41 inches. The five posters and flyer are each in Excellent to Mint condition. Total: 6 items (original artwork, five posters, and a flyer). Please Note: Due to the size and/or weight of this lot, shipping costs (depending on where it is sent and its method of shipping) may be substantial. Reserve $2,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $6,463
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