Original Ted Williams Painting by Michael Schacht - Ted Williams' Last Home Run
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $1,778
Original painting rendered in acrylic on paper, titled Ted Williams' Last Home Run, by Michael Schacht, one of the baseball world's most highly acclaimed and instantly recognized artists. Signed by the artist in the upper left corner. Created in 1991, this painting captures "Teddy Ballgame" as he circles the bases after hitting a home run in the final at bat of his career at Fenway Park. Our consignor purchased this piece directly from Michael Schacht in 1991, who, at the time, offered these comments:
Immortalized by John Updike's 'Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu,' this scene is reduced to its bare black and white essentials. I have probably abstracted this more than any of my other paintings. I simplified all elements and created negative shapes to complement the positives. It's a picture that doesn't need detail. It is a gesture really. It doesn't need a face, a number, or a color. It is a special moment waiting to be made bigger than life, a myth created in our lifetime. I created this moment to be paired with DiMaggio's Last Home Run.
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 (27.75 x 20.75 inches) is in apparent Mint condition and has been framed to total dimensions of 36 x 30.5 inches. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,778