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Tommy McDonald Original Baseball Artwork Collection (20 Original Oil Paintings)
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $1,185
Collection of twenty original oil-on-board baseball paintings by renowned portrait artist and football Hall of Famer Tommy McDonald, each signed by the artist. This is a very unusual offering of an archive of original paintings (which are usually offered individually but in this case are being offered as a collection of twenty paintings exactly as they have survived) with an unusual provenance. All of these paintings were commissioned by the Equitable Life Insurance Company during the 1980s for unspecified purposes (most likely promotional). After the project was completed, the company chose to discard the paintings rather than incur the cost of storage. Luckily, they were rescued from that fate by our consignor, a former Equitable Life employee, who was given permission to take them away and keep them if he wished, and they have remained in his sole possession since that time. Each painting pictures a bust-length image of a single player, each of whom is pictured in uniform. Nineteen different players are represented here, with only Hubie Brooks pictured twice (in one he is pictured as a New York Met and in the other as a member of the Montreal Expos). Three of the paintings measure 12.25 x 15.25 inches (Bedrosian, Gantner, and one unidentified player), while the remaining seventeen paintings measure 12.75 x 16 inches. All of the paintings have been framed to slightly larger dimensions (either approximately 15.75 x 18.34 inches for the smaller paintings and approximately 18.75 x 22 inches for the larger ones). The players represented here are Steve Bedrosian, Jim Gantner, Tom Glavin, Joaquin Andujar, George Bell, Jeff Ballard, Bob Knepper, Kevin Brown, Rafael Palmeiro, Hubie Brooks (two different paintings), B. J. Surhoff, Luis Leal, Kevin McReynolds, Orel Hershiser, Joe Carter, Ken Caminitti (as a member of the 1984 U.S. Olympic Baseball Team), and three others (unidentified; two are pictured as members of the 1984 U.S. Olympic Baseball Team, and the other as a member of the San Diego Padres). Tommy McDonald began his career as a portrait artist after meeting a fan who presented him with a painting of himself. McDonald was quoted at the time as saying, "Of all the watches and the plaques and trophies that you get, this is a little more unique." This is how the seed was planted for McDonald to pursue portrait painting after his retirement from professional football. McDonald has painted portraits of many professional athletes over the years. He has also been commissioned to produce portraits of Heisman Trophy winners for New York's Downtown Athletic Club, football All-Americans for the University of Oklahoma, and first-year participants in Major League Baseball's All-Star Game. This is an outstanding collection of original Tommy McDonald baseball artworks featuring many of the top players from the late 1980s/early 1990s, including a few potential Hall of Famers. All of the paintings are in Near Mint condition. Total: 20 paintings. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open).
SOLD FOR $1,185
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