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Classic Lou Gehrig Bronze Statue
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $2,610.00
One does not have to be an art connoisseur or have a background in art to appreciate the remarkable craftsmanship exhibited in this exquisite bronze sculpture of Lou Gehrig. Created in 1988 by sculpture R. P. Daus, the statue is notable for its amazing attention to detail. Every aspect of the piece, the facial features, the pinstripes on the uniform, the ribbing on socks, the hat, etc., has been carved with amazing precision. Even the bat features a perfectly legible H&B center brand upon it. The sculpture has been mounted upon a two-inch high marble base, with the entire piece measuring 16 inches in height. Grand Slam (the formal title of the piece) is engraved along the front of the base, while Gehrig's classic epitaph, "Pride of the Yankees," appears in engraved letters on the reverse. The artist has signed the base next to the copyright date "88." This piece is a true work of art and has always been marketed as such. When originally produced, it was offered in the pages of The Sporting News during the late 1980s and its issue price was $2,000. While many collectors appreciated the beauty of the piece at the time, its prohibitive cost resulted in a very limited distribution. Today, it is considered among the finest sports sculptures ever produced. According to the original press release (which accompanies the piece), this sculpture was modeled after a Charles Conlon glass negative of Lou Gehrig from The Sporting News' photo archives. It should also be noted that the artist, R. P. Daus, is a sculptor of some note and his famous Fireman's Memorial, which stands outside City Hall on Market Street, is considered one of St. Louis' most impressive landmarks. This is an exceptional work of art and one that transcends the field of baseball collectibles. Near Mint condition. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $2,610.00
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