1911 Inaugural Indianapolis 500 Program - Signed by Winning Driver Ray Harroun!

Sold For: $1,800

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 2325

Item Year: 1911

Category: Football/Basketball/Hockey/Boxing/Other Sports

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Rare original program from the first Indianapolis 500 in 1911, signed on the interior by Ray Harroun, who was the winning driver of the inaugural race. Harroun has both signed and dated the program ("Roy Harroun Sept. 12 1966") in blue ink (grading "10") on the page featuring his photograph and biography. This is the first example of this historic 1911 Indianapolis 500 program we have ever handled and the fact that it is signed by Roy Harroun makes it one of the most desirable items imaginable in the field of auto racing. Harroun died in 1966 and this may very well be the only surviving Indianapolis 500 racing program he ever signed. This program also has a special history: it originates from the legendary auto-racing collection of Dr. Harlen Hunter and is accompanied by a letter signed by Hunter confirming its provenance. The substantial ninety-page program (7.5 x 9.25 inches) features photos and short biographies of the participating racers, and has been neatly scored in black ink (registering the leaders at the various mile markers). In Fair condition overall, with detached covers, tears, creases, and tape repair, but complete as issued. Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Pre certified by Steve Grad and Brian Sobrero/Beckett Authentication. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open).

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