Mickey Mantle Limited-Edition LeRoy Neiman Serigraph

Sold For: $3,900

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 1790

Item Year: 1999

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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Titled Mickey Mantle, issued in 1999, serigraph numbered "248/350," and flawlessly signed in pencil along the lower margin by LeRoy Neiman (grading "10"). Edition limited to 428 impressions (350 numbered impressions, 70 artist's proofs, and 8 printer's proofs). This is one of Neiman's most popular and celebrated works, and the premier artist serigraph tribute to Mickey Mantle. Neiman was good friends with Mantle and according to Neiman's website, this serigraph "carries additional sentimental memories for LeRoy as Mickey always had a particular liking for the original painting on which the print is based." In 1997, Robert Edward Auctions had the privilege of offering at auction the original painting used to create this serigraph, which at that time sold for $108,000. As collectors are well aware, the Mantle Neiman serigraph is one of the most highly regarded "blue chips" among Neiman's work and examples seldom come to the marketplace. This is an extremely desirable and iconic Neiman work. The serigraph, which measures 33 x 33 inches (image area), is in apparent Mint condition and has been matted and framed to total dimensions of 43.5 x 45 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 $2,000. Estimate $4,000++.

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