Willie Mays Limited-Edition LeRoy Neiman Serigraph - Printer's Proof

Sold For: $3,600

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 1789

Item Year: 1978

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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Titled Willie Mays, issued in 1978, serigraph numbered "PP" ("Printer's Proof," which is particularly desirable in the eyes of many collectors), flawlessly signed in pencil in the lower margin by LeRoy Neiman (grading "10"). Edition limited to 300 numbered impressions (the number of artist's and printer's proofs produced for this work are not listed on Neiman's official website). This is a scarce Neiman serigraph and is just the second example we have ever offered. While its rarity is obviously a product of its limited production number and the fact that this is a very early Neiman serigraph, another reason is probably its aesthetics. This is one of the most exceptional baseball works ever created by Neiman and we can see why collectors would be unwilling to part with it. This may be the single finest Willie Mays signed display piece in existence and is one of the most highly regarded "blue chips" among Neiman's work. Perfect for display at home or office. The serigraph (28 x 32 inches; image area) is in apparent Near Mint to Mint condition and has been matted and framed to total dimensions of 41 x 45.5 inches. The substantial size/weight of this item requires that there will be a shipping charge for this lot (which will vary depending upon where it is being shipped). The shipping charge will be billed separately from the auction invoice. Reserve $1,500. Estimate $3,000+.

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