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Three Original 1960 Mantle/Maris Large-Format LIFE Magazine Photos
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $1,292.50
Collection of three extraordinary Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris black-and-white first generation large-format photographs dating from 1960. Each original photograph measures 9 x 13.5 inches and was taken by veteran photojournalist Ted Polumbaum (on assignment for LIFE magazine) during the course of a three-game series between the Yankees and Red Sox at Fenway Park in late September 1960. One photo captures Mantle and Maris together at the batting cage, while the other two are game-action scenes and picture each player individually at bat. These photos, which were printed in the LIFE magazine lab, are unique, literally representing the only print made of each in September 1960. Aside from the photographs offered here, no other prints were ever made from the negatives. All three photos are LIFE magazine contact prints from 35mm negatives, on double-weight, matte-finish 11 x 14-inch fiber paper, trimmed flush by the lab to approximate dimensions of 9 x 13.5 inches (the proportions of the full 35mm negatives). Each bears the LIFE magazine stamp on the reverse that includes the date, assignment name ("Yankees-Red Sox Ball Game"), and the photographer's name ("Ted Polumbaum"). Additionally, each photo bears light pencil notations on the reverse to identify the roll of film and negative. Ted Polumbaum is one of the most famous photographers of the post-war era. In addition to working on over 400 assignments for LIFE magazine, America's premier photojournalism magazine, Polumbaum also produced work for Fortune , Sports Illustrated , Time , People , Money , Look , Esquire and the Saturday Evening Post. Many of his most famous images were taken during the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Today, nearly all of Polumbaum's work, more than 25,000 images (consisting of prints, negatives, and slides), resides in the permanent collection of Newseum, the $400 million interactive museum of journalism that is scheduled to open in Washington, D.C., in 2007. These three photos are among the finest from the archive of 101 LIFE magazine original baseball photographs (representing all that will ever be in private hands) sold by the Polumbaum family in 2006. The photographs are in Excellent condition. These photos are of such an extraordinarily high quality that each would be ideal for gallery framing. Total: 3 photos. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,292.50
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