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Lot # 910 (of 1137)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1929 The American National Game of Baseball R. Varin Aquatint Print (144/150)

Starting Bid - $400, Sold For - $533

This limited-edition aquatint print, which pictures the action from the 1865 Grand Baseball Match at the Elysian Fields in Hoboken, New Jersey, is a reproduction of the famous Currier & Ives print titled The American National Game of Base Ball, originally produced in 1866. While many collectors are very familiar with this image from the many reproductions made over the years, especially the colorful Sidney Lucas aquatint prints, few are familiar with this early limited edition. This is not the colorful aquatint produced by Sidney Lucas, but a far rarer earlier version engraved by R. Varin and published in 1929. Executed in muted tones, this piece is signed by R. Varin in pencil in the lower right. It has been hand numbered "144/150" in the lower left corner. The lettering along the base reads "Engraved in aquatint by R. Varin and published by A. Ackermann and Son, Inc. New York and Chicago and by Robert Fridenberg Galleries New York USA 1929." While the Sidney Lucas prints have never been definitively dated, they are believed to have been produced in the 1940s and could easily have been printed as late as the 1950s. This piece is not only the earlier of the two, but also by far the rarer. This is only the second example of the limited-edition Varin print we have ever handled. The print (35 x 25 inches; image area is 23 x 14.5 inches) has been affixed to its matting along the reverse by two pieces of clear tape; otherwise in Near Mint condition. Matted to total dimensions of 36.75 x 27.25 inches (tiny stain on the right border of the matting). Reserve $400. Estimate $800/$1,200. SOLD FOR $533

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