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1941 Babe Ruth and Gary Cooper Pride of the Yankees Photo
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $411.25
Striking 10.5 x 13.5-inch original black-and-white photograph of Babe Ruth and Gary Cooper posing together on location during the filming of Pride of the Yankees . Both are dressed in a Yankees home uniform (though Ruth's uniform is inexplicably missing the "NY" on the left breast) as Babe tutors Cooper on the correct way to grip a bat. The large-format photograph displays flawless clarity, and one can clearly see that the bat Cooper is holding is an H&B Babe Ruth signature model. One can also make out a number of ball marks on the barrel, probably indicating that Ruth may have provided an on-field hitting exhibition as well. The prominence given the bat in this photo was obviously no accident. The photo itself originates directly from the H&B Archives, and was probably used for promotional purposes at the time. The proprietary stamp of photographer Hal McAlpin appears on the reverse. Pride of the Yankees , which chronicled the life of Lou Gehrig, was released in 1942 and is widely considered one of the best baseball films ever made. Ruth played himself in the movie and it is interesting to note Cooper's uncanny resemblance to Lou Gehrig. The photo displays a very light paper clip impression along the top left corner and a few extremely tiny surface wrinkles (most of which are visible only at certain angles), otherwise in Near Mint condition. Handsomely matted and framed to total dimensions of 19.5 x 22.5 inches. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $411.25
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