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Nineteenth-Century Boxing Print Collection (4)
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $592.50
Collection of four attractive and extremely substantial nineteenth-century boxing prints, each notable for its size and impressive display quality. 1) Tom Sayers' Battles in the Ring. This enormous print (40 x 32 inches) pays homage to the career of English bare-knuckle prize-fighter Tom Sayers and features woodcut vignettes of many of his most famous bouts. This piece, printed on thin paper stock, was issued as a supplement to the February 28, 1888, issue of the Police Gazette. The fact that this tribute was published eighteen years after Sayers' death is testament to his unprecedented fame in the ring. The print displays both horizontal and vertical folds, as issued, and an eight-inch tear near the top that has been repaired on the reverse with clear tape. In Very Good condition. Matted to total dimensions of 42 x 36 inches. 2) The International Contest Between Heenan and Sayers at Farnborough, on the 17th of April 1860. The color print pictures the action between Englishman Tom Sayers and American John Heenan in what is regarded as boxing's first world-championship bout. Credits along the base note the artist (W. L. Walton), lithographer (Bufford Sons, Boston), and the publisher (George Newbold - November 5, 1860). It is also noted along the base that this print is a joint work of an American and an English artist, and the copyright is reserved in both countries. The print (42 x 29.5 inches), printed on sturdy paper stock, displays a few minor tears, light creases, and scattered staining, most notably along the left border and lower left corner. In Very Good condition. Matted to total dimensions of 35 x 27 inches. 3) The Battle for the Championship of England and 400 [pounds], Between Tom King and Jem Mace. The print captures the two pugilists during their first heavyweight title bout on November 25, 1862, which was won by Mace. The print (30 x 22 inches), printed on thin paper stock, was published as a supplement to the November 8, 1890, issue of the Police Gazette. The piece is slightly toned and displays horizontal and vertical folds (as issued). In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. 4) The Great Fight Between Broome and Hannan for 1000 [pounds]. Color print, on heavy paper stock, picturing the bout between Johnny Broome and Johnny Hannan on January 26, 1841. Published on June 1,1841, by J. Moore. Painted by H. Heath and engraved by C. Hunt. The print (31 x 25.5 inches) displays light toning, minor rippling, and a few slight border tears that have been repaired with tape on the reverse. In Very Good condition. Matted to total dimensions of 34 x 28 inches. Total: 4 prints. Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $592.50
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