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1988 Ron Lewis Sports Impressions Original Artwork - Roberto Clemente
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,541
In 1988 Sports Impressions issued a very popular series of limited-edition collector plates ("The Sports Superstar Collector Plate Series") that featured images of beautiful portrait paintings of a number of Hall of Fame baseball players. The premier artist chosen by Sports Impressions to produce the images for many of those plates was Ron Lewis, who is best known by collectors today for his famous 500 Home Run Club and 3,000 Hit Club artworks. Offered here is the original Ron Lewis painting used by Sports Impressions in 1988 to produce the Roberto Clemente plate in its collector series. This painting originates directly from the personal collection of a former Ron Lewis business partner, who has consigned it directly to this auction. The oil-on-board artwork features a montage image of Clemente in various poses set against the background of Three Rivers Stadium. Signed and dated by Lewis in the middle right ("Ron Lewis 88"). This an exceptional painting and one that truly captures the quiet dignity of one of baseball's most noble stars. Making it all the more noteworthy is the fact that the original painting is larger in scope than the image seen on the plate. Nearly the entire portion of the scoreboard in the upper left portion of the painting, which includes a special acknowledgment of Clemente's 3,000th hit, has been cropped on the plate image. Ron Lewis is one of the premier sports artists of our time. In addition to his baseball pieces, Lewis has also created many other iconic works relating to the sports of football, basketball, and boxing. Original Ron Lewis paintings are highly prized by collectors in both the fields of sports and art, but this is only the second Ron Lewis original artwork we have ever seen from any of his Sports Impressions projects. (The other example, of Ty Cobb, is from the same Ron Lewis business partner, and is also featured in this auction.) The painting measures 20 x 23 inches and has been framed to total dimensions of 22 x 25 inches. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,541
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