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Circa 1892 John L. Sullivan and James Corbett Boxing Cabinets (2)
Starting Bid - $100, Sold For - $411
Pair of early cabinet cards depicting, respectively, the first two heavyweight boxing champions in history: John L. Sullivan and James “Gentleman Jim” Corbett. Each formal studio photo dates from approximately the time of their championship bout in 1892 and captures the respective fighters in street attire. The Corbett cabinet identifies him as "Champion of the World" and advertises for the Haymarket Theatre (161 West Madison St. Chicago). The Sullivan cabinet bears the fighter’s facsimile signature as identification below his image, and the reverse features a complete history of Sullivan's record through 1889 (vs Jake Kilrain). John L. Sullivan is generally regarded as the first undisputed heavyweight champion in boxing history, having gained the unofficial title in 1882 after defeating Paddy Ryan. He successfully defended his title for ten years before losing by knockout in the twenty-first round to Jim Corbett. Corbett’s reign as heavyweight champ lasted five years; however, he only fought twice during that time, losing the title to Bob Fitzsimmons in 1897. Following their careers both fighters remained in the public eye as celebrities, and each took a turn on the stage. Sullivan passed away in 1918 and Corbett in 1933. The Sullivan image displays a few tiny areas of very light foxing; otherwise both photographs are in Excellent condition. Dimensions: each 4.25 x 6.5 inches. Total: 2 cabinet cards. Reserve $100. Estimate $200/400. SOLD FOR $411
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