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1892 John L. Sullivan vs. James "Gentleman Jim" Corbett Fight Ticket
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,528
Original ticket for the "Battle of New Orleans" between champion John L. Sullivan and James J. Corbett held on September 7, 1892, at the Olympic Club in New Orleans, Louisiana. Encapsulated and labeled "A" (Authentic) by SGC. The ornately designed ticket, which cost the princely sum of $15.00, reads, " John L. Sullivan and Jas J. Corbett/Grand Glove Contest for the Heavyweight Championship of the World/At the Olympic Club, Wednesday, September 7th 1892. Nine O'Clock P.M./Tickets $15.00/Entrance Chartres St ." The Sullivan/Corbett fight was historic, not only for its outcome, but for the fact that it was one of the first championship fights to be governed by the Marquess of Queensberry rules, which mandated that fighters wear gloves. After this fight, "Queensberry" rules became the norm; thereby making Sullivan the last bare-knuckle champion in history. Corbett knocked Sullivan out in the twenty-first round. After the bout, the always flamboyant Sullivan stated "if I had to get licked I'm glad I was licked by an American." The fight marked the final bout of Sullivan's long and illustrious career. The ticket (4.25 x 3.25 inches) displays a one-inch diagonal tear in the upper right corner that has resulted in complete separation; however, the torn piece is held securely in place by the holder and does not in the least detract from the integrity of the piece (visually, the tear now looks more like a crease). Light toning is evident along all four borders and three punch holes (probably cancellation punch holes as a result of admission) appear along the base. Impressive SGC-encapsulated presentation of this important boxing rarity. In Good to Very Good condition overall. Disclosure per section 13 of REA's terms and conditions: This lot has been consigned from the personal collection of an executive of REA's internet software service provider. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,528
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