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Lot # 1263 (of 1866)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Ty Cobb - Original Painting by Jim Burke

Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $1,541

Original oil-on-board painting entitled Ty Cobb by noted artist Jim Burke. Signed by the artist in the lower right. The painting captures the famed Georgia Peach during the prime of his career as a member of the Detroit Tigers. Ideally, Burke has pictured Cobb standing in front of a vintage Coca-Cola logo painted on the outfield wall. While the Coca-Cola logo helps to faithfully capture the spirit of the era, it also has significance beyond an artistic embellishment, since Cobb had a long and prosperous association with the famed Georgia-based beverage company.

Unlike most of his teammates, Cobb didn't squander his money, but instead invested it wisely. He was an early shareholder in both Coca-Cola and General Motors, two of the most successful companies in American history, and the profits he reaped from those investments alone made him extremely wealthy. His investment in Coca-Cola had a special significance for him, as the company was based in his home state of Georgia. Of all of Cobb’s business ventures, it is his association with Coca-Cola that is best remembered today. Cobb was a major shareholder of the company and his extremely substantial holdings eventually earned him a seat on the company's board of directors. He also owned a number of Coca-Cola bottling companies and served as a spokesperson for the company right up until his death in 1961.

Jim Burke is one of America's most celebrated children's book illustrators. His work is instantly recognizable and he has illustrated 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). 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 beautifully framed to total dimensions of 23.5 x 29 inches. Please Note: Additional Jim Burke original paintings are presented online in the internet-only portion of our sale. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,541

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