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1940s and 1950s Willard Mullin Brooklyn Dodgers Original Artwork Collection (5)
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $5,036
Collection of five original 1950s Willard Mullin artworks relating to the Brooklyn Dodgers. Ideally, four of the five artworks feature Mullin's iconic "Brooklyn Bum," and three are accompanied by the actual papers in which they appeared. All of the artworks are executed in Mullin's typical mediums (pen and ink, brushwork, and conte crayon on coquille board) and have been signed by the artist along the base. Because these artworks were used for publication, all display editorial notations and minor handling wear, but are otherwise in Excellent to Mint condition overall. The measurements for each artwork represent the visible dimensions within the matting. 1) 1947 artwork picturing Leo Durocher and Larry MacPhail arguing, as newly named Yankees manager Bucky Harris looks on from below. 14.5 x 18.5 inches. Matted to total dimensions of 20.75 x 24.5 inches. 2) 1950 artwork depicting the Brooklyn Bum and a beleaguered New York Yankees player arm and arm while two fans look at the injury list for each club and mull over their chances for the pennant. According to a handwritten note that accompanies the piece, it appears to have been published in the New York Telegram. 14 x 16.6 inches. Matted to total dimensions of 18 x 20.5 inches. 3) 1953 artwork picturing the Brooklyn Bum as he tries to grab the 1953 pennant, which is in the form of an elusive butterfly. This cartoon appeared on the front page of the April 15, 1953, issue of The Sporting News, a copy of which accompanies the artwork. 15.5 x 21 inches. Matted to total dimensions of 21.5 x 27.25 inches. 4) 1953 artwork picturing the Brooklyn Bum in a mad dash to exemplify Brooklyn's newfound reliance on the stolen base. This cartoon appeared on the front page of the May 13, 1953, issue of The Sporting News, a copy of which accompanies the artwork. 15.5 x 19.75 inches. Matted and framed to total dimensions of 21.5 x 25.75 inches. 5) 1955 artwork depicting the Brooklyn Bum singing his "Evening Song," in response to the number of night games scheduled by major league clubs in 1956. This cartoon appeared on the front page of the December 28, 1955, issue of The Sporting News, a copy of which accompanies the artwork. 13.75 x 20 inches. Matted to total dimensions of 19.75 x 26 inches. Total: 5 artworks (plus three period newspapers depicting the respective artwork). Reserve $300. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $5,036
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