Original Artwork of Wilt Chamberlain and John Havlicek Used to Create the 1976 "Sports Illustrated" Living Legends" Limited-Edition Basketball Lithograph

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Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 21

Item Year: 1980

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Original painting by noted artist Bob Peak used to produce the Wilt Chamberlain and John Havlicek limited-edition lithograph featured in Sports Illustrated's 1976 "Living Legends" series. This is the only original artwork we have ever seen come to market from the well-known Sports Illustrated "Living Legends" series and the fact that it was created by Peak, one of the most highly regarded movie-poster artists in history, makes it especially desirable. The image, which measures an impressive 39 x 30 inches, features Havlicek dribbling the ball down court as Chamberlain attempts to steal the ball. Peak's skillful brushwork creates a kinematic masterpiece that truly invokes the speed and intensity of the game, not to mention the determination of each hardwood immortal. This was the only basketball subject commissioned by Sports Illustrated for its "Living Legends" series and, given its size, subject matter, and artistic merits, one could easily make a case that it is the finest basketball artwork ever created. Our consignor obtained this piece a few years ago from Peak's agent (via an intermediary dealer) and it has remained in his sole possession since that time. The painting, which appears to be gouache on board, is in apparent Near Mint condition and has been matted and framed to total dimensions of 46 x 35.5 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. Bob Peak (1927-1992) was an award-winning commercial artist whose work appeared on the covers of countless publications, including Time, Sports Illustrated, and TV Guide, as well as on United States postage stamps commemorating the 1984 Summer and Winter Olympic Games. However, despite his various commercial endeavors, he is best known today for his innovative work in the field of movie posters. Known as "The Father of Modern Movie Posters," Peak created posters for 130 films, including the first five Star Trek films, My Fair Lady, Camelot, Rollerball, Apocalypse Now, and The Spy Who Loved Me. A member of the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame, Peak was also presented with the 1992 Key Art Lifetime Achievement Award by the Hollywood Reporter. Reserve $5,000. Estimate (open).

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