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Original Ted Williams Painting by Michael Schacht - Ted Williams 1939
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $1,185
Original painting rendered in acrylic on paper, titled Ted Williams 1939, by Michael Schacht, one of the baseball world's most highly acclaimed and instantly recognized artists. Signed by the artist in the lower right corner. Created in 1989, this painting captures "The Splendid Splinter" as a rookie in 1939. Our consignor purchased this piece directly from the Michael Schacht in 1991, who, at the time, offered these comments:
This head-on portrait of Ted is taken from a photograph that I took from a Williams video. The time is 1939, Williams' rookie year. It is probably my favorite painting. Ted, caught during a spring training interview, is looking directly into the sun which creates a pattern of a sun and shadow shapes on his smiling face.
Michael Schacht (1936-2001) has done work for both the Baseball Hall of Fame and Upper Deck during his long and distinguished career. According to his website, Schacht was the featured artist in the 1993-1994 Baseball Hall of Fame Yearbook and his works have also appeared in Sports Illustrated, New York Magazine, Print magazine, Newsday, and The New York Daily News. As a point of reference, the only other Michael Schacht original painting we have handled previously, of Joe DiMaggio, appeared as Lot 1120 in REA's April 2007 auction, where it realized a final sale price of $29,375. The painting (14 x 13 inches) is in apparent Mint condition and has been matted and framed to total dimensions of 22 x 21 inches. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,185
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