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Lot # 513 (of 873)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

"Lou and The Babe" Limited Edition Pewter Statue

Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $2,185.00

Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig are frozen in time in this extraordinarily detailed pewter statue by artist Palmer Murphy. The formal title of this sculpture is "Lou & The Babe." Artists are often inspired by the history of game's greatest legends, but it is rare to see a figural work of such uncompromising quality and production values. The venerable New England Pewter Company cast this statue, and in checking with them we learned that only 5 or 6 of these solid pewter statues were ever actually cast. The extremely limited production run explains why we have never seen this piece offered before. The entire run was intended to be 100 statues, but the production expenses and legal issues related to the project limited the number of statues actually produced to just a few. This is one of those few. We have been unable to locate another example, with the exception of one which resides in the corporate collection of New England Pewter. This statue is numbered "#39 of 100." In checking with New England Pewter, we learned that this number ("#39") was assigned by special request when ordered, and in this rare case is totally unrelated to the number of statues produced. This is a work dating from the modern era, produced in 1994, which is in the tradition of the classic baseball figural art of the nineteenth century. This statue was a special project fully licensed by the estate of Babe Ruth and produced in honor of the 100th anniversary of Babe Ruth's birth. Artist Palmer Murphy's work has been displayed at the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. This is an extremely high quality work of art which would display proudly in many settings and different types of collections. Height: 10 inches. Weight: 12 pounds. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,500. SOLD FOR $2,185.00

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