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Dick Perez The Immortals Original Artwork Collection - "The Negro Leagues" (29)
Starting Bid - $5,000, Sold For - $53,325
Collection of twenty-nine original Dick Perez baseball artworks produced specifically as illustrations for the book The Immortals: An Art Collection of Baseball's Best (see introduction for more information). Perez has signed all of the paintings on the front in varying locations. Each painting depicts a former Negro League player or executive who has been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. In keeping with the narrative spirit of the book, most of the players are pictured "in action" as a member of the club they are most identified with. The illustrations based on these paintings were used throughout The Immortals. Given the historical significance of the Negro Leagues, and the fact that together these paintings tell such an important story, they are being offered together as a single unit. All of the paintings are exclusive to the book; they have been published nowhere else. The collection is comprised of the following (all measurements are in inches): 1) Andy Cooper; 16 x 20; oil on canvas. 2) Ben Taylor; 16 x 20; oil on panel. 3) Hilton Smith; 12 x 24; oil on canvas. 4) Biz Mackey; 16 x 20; oil on panel. 5) Cum Posey; 12 x 24; oil on canvas. 6) Buck Leonard; 16 x20; oil on panel. 7) Cool Papa Bell; 20 x 16; oil on panel. 8) Frank Grant; 20 x16; oil on canvas. 9) Cristobal Torriente; 12 x 24; oil on canvas. 10) John Henry Lloyd; 12 x 24; oil on canvas. 11) Bill Foster; 20 x20; oil on canvas. 12) Jud Wilson; 16 x 20; oil on canvas. 13) Mule Suttles; 20 x 16; oil on canvas. 14) Oscar Charleston; 11 x 14; watercolor on 100% cotton fiber Arches WC paper. 15) Turkey Stearns; 16 x 20; oil on canvas. 16) Rube Foster; 16 x 20; oil on panel. 17) Effa Manley; 16 x 20; oil on canvas. 18) Jose Mendez; 16 x 20; oil on panel. 19) Louis Santop; 12 x 24; oil on panel. 20) Joe Williams; 16 x 20; oil on canvas. 21) Leon Day; 12 x 24; oil on panel. 22) Ray Dandridge; 16 x 20; oil on canvas. 23) Josh Gibson; 20 x 20; gouache on board. 24) Willard Brown; 20 x 16; oil on panel. 25) Ray Brown; 16 x 20; oil on panel. 26) Sol White; 16 x 20; oil on canvas. 27) Joe Rogan; 16 x 20; oil on canvas. 28) Willie Wells; 16 x 20; oil on panel. 29) Pete Hill; 24 x 12; oil on canvas. While we understand that these paintings might sell for more if offered individually, it was Mr. Perez's hope that if offered as a collection, it might be more practical for a buyer to consider purchasing the entire collection with the intention of keeping it intact. A copy of The Immortals is included with the lot. Near-Mint to Mint condition overall. Total: 29 paintings. Reserve $5,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $53,325
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