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Lot # 1188 (of 1594)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

2001 Barry Bonds Signed Limited-Edition Print (Artist Steve Hoskins)

Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $352.50

Offered is a Barry Bonds limited-edition signed art print that was issued in 2001 in commemoration of his 500th home run. Bonds’ 500th home run took place on April 17, 2001 at Pacbell Park in San Francisco and this colorful limited-edition art print pays homage to that feat in a montage of images. Bonds has signed the piece in blue Sharpie (“10”) along the bottom white border, next to which he has added the printed notation “500 HR 4/17/01." While this is one of the few Bonds limited-edition signed art prints ever produced, we have never before seen it mentioned that the artist is none other than Steve Hoskins, who has also signed (“10”) and numbered the piece (“464/500”) in the lower right. At the time this print was issued, Hoskins was not only one of Bonds’ closest friends, but his business partner as well, responsible for overseeing the sale and distribution of nearly all of the Barry Bonds memorabilia that flooded the hobby in the early 2000s. In recent years, however, their relationship has become extremely acrimonious. Bonds accused Hoskins of forging his name on memorabilia and embezzling money from the company. Hoskins retaliated by becoming an informant for the government in their case against Bonds and he is also believed to be one of the primary unnamed sources in the book Game of Shadows , which detailed Bonds’ use of steroids and performance-enhancing drugs. Thus, what was once an important limited-edition signed art print created as a tribute to Bonds' 500th home run now has an additional dimension of significance, with the artist himself being a principal figure in one of the most scandalous sports affairs of all time. The print (34 x 17.5 inches) is in Near Mint to Mint condition and has been matted and framed to total dimensions of 43 x 26.5 inches. From the Barry Halper Collection. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $200. Estimate $300/$500. SOLD FOR $352.50

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