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Joe DiMaggio and Frank Crosetti Signed Clothier Store Display from the Barry Halper Collection
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $2,643.75
Circa 1938 clothier store advertising display captures a dapper young Joe DiMaggio and his teammate Frank Crosetti both wearing their new clothes, standing arm in arm with clothier Billy Taub in his New York City haberdashery. This piece was once part of the famed Barry Halper Collection and appeared as Lot 2257 in the initial 1999 sale of his collection. Nothing delighted Barry more than finding some rare advertising display item featuring Joe DiMaggio and then having Joe comment on the piece in the form of a personalized inscription. Here, in this rare in-store advertising display for New York clothier Billy Taub, Barry was not only able to get Joe to sign the piece, but was able to get teammate Frank Crosetti to sign as well. The advertising piece was no doubt prominently displayed at Billy Taub's clothing store. While the presentation is visually stunning, as one would expect for an advertising display intended to impress customers, it is the comical inscriptions by both DiMaggio and Crosetti that truly distinguish the piece. DiMaggio has signed the piece "To Barry - Billy Taub was a great tailor - but he 'missed' this one. Best Always. Joe DiMaggio." Crosetti has added "Barry - Looks like my pants are to [sic] long - stay healthy - Frank Crosetti." Both players have signed the photo in blue Sharpie (grading "10) upon their images. All three individuals are identified by name in white lettering along the top border, while their respective occupations are noted along the base. The display (17 x 14.5 inches) has a few light scratches/abrasions and some tiny water stain marks, none of which detract from the overall aesthetics and display value of the piece. In Very Good to Excellent condition. Matted and framed to total dimensions of 22 x 19.75 inches. The original 1999 Sotheby's auction label remains affixed to the glass in the lower left corner. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $2,643.75
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