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Mickey Mantle - Original Painting by Jim Burke
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $3,600
Original oil-on-board painting, titled Topps Chewing Gum, Capturing Mantle, by noted artist Jim Burke. Signed by the artist in the lower right. This piece was a personal project of the artist and represents one of Burke's finest baseball artworks. According to the artist, he "envisioned Mickey in a Brooklyn storefront window, with the Topps card design as part of the window display." One of the most interesting elements is the reflection of a 1950s photographer on on the window glass. Mantle's 1952 Topps rookie card is, of course, one of the most iconic cards in the hobby and this artwork pays special homage to its status in the collecting world and popular culture.
Jim Burke is one of America's most accomplished children's book illustrators. His instantly recognizable work has been featured in many popular modern children's classics, including the highly regarded All Star! - Honus Wagner and the Most Famous Baseball Card Ever, written by Jane Yolen (Philomel Books, New York, 2010) and Take Me Out to the Ballgame, which he also authored (Little, Brown and Company, New York, 2006). Jim Burke's artwork was shown in the Royal Academy of Art's Summer Exhibition 2008 in London, and in the Society of Illustrators' Icons & Images: 50 Years of Illustration. He is a Gold Medal recipient from both the Society of Illustrators and the Museum of American Illustration, and has had five of his books honored at the Original Art Show (NYC). Burke taught at Pratt Institute and Syracuse University, and has lectured at the Norman Rockwell Museum, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and National Baseball Hall of Fame, among others. He is currently the Illustration Chair at the New Hampshire Institute of Art. The painting (18 x 24 inches) is in Mint condition and has been framed to total dimensions of 24 x 31 inches. SOLD FOR $3,600
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