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Lot # 1254 (of 1807)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Circa 1920 Ty Cobb Original Charles Conlon Photo (The Baseball Magazine Provenance!)

Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $1,659.00

Original news photo of Ty Cobb, circa 1920, taken by noted baseball photographer Charles Conlon. It was Conlon, years earlier, who took what is regarded by many to be the greatest baseball photograph of all time when he captured Cobb sliding into third base at the expense of New York Highlanders' third baseman Jimmy Austin. Here, Conlon finds Cobb in a more pensive mood as he surveys the field in front of the dugout. Conlon's handwritten pencil notations appear on the reverse, including his last name, the caption "Cobb Detroit," and various editorial notations. This photo originates from the archives of The Baseball Magazine as noted by a hologram label affixed to the reverse. (The Baseball Magazine archives were sold by Christie's in 1996 and this photo originates from that historic auction.) Conlon was a frequent contributor to the magazine, and based on the editorial notations, this photo most likely appeared in one of its issues. The photo (6.5 x 8.5 inches) has had professional restoration to a small 1.5-inch diagonal tear in the lower right corner and to tiny chips in each of the other three corners. However, the restoration is very unobtrusive and the photo displays an overall Excellent appearance. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $1,659.00


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