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1952 Ed Gottlieb Harlem Globetrotters "World Tour" Presentation Clock
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $2,700
Hall of Famer Ed Gottlieb was, among his many other professional endeavors, the overseas booking agent for the Harlem Globetrotters (his famous Jewish basketball team, the SPHAs, were the original touring opponent for the Globetrotters). Offered here is a decorative clock presented to Ed Gottlieb by the Globetrotters prior to the team's 1952 European Tour. The Schatz 400 day anniversary clock, complete with glass dome, bears the following engraving along the base: "Harlem Globetrotters Summer Tour Europe 1952/To: Eddie Gottlieb From: Your Gang." Ideally, the clock is accompanied by a second-generation photo that pictures Gottlieb posing at a bon-voyage dinner for the tour with this very clock sitting on the table in front of him. Also pictured in the photo with Gottlieb at the table are Abe Saperstein and Walter Kennedy (Saperstein was the owner of the Harlem Globetrotters, while Walter Kennedy, who later served as NBA commissioner, was the team's publicity director). This clock originates from the family of Jules Trumper, who was Gottlieb's cousin and a minority shareholder in the Philadelphia Warriors. Gottlieb was a lifelong bachelor and therefore had no immediate family. As a result, most of his business-related material went to Trumper after his death in 1979. Most of Gottlieb's papers and personal souvenirs were ultimately donated to the Basketball Hall of Fame, with the exception of a few items, including this clock. This is one of four lots in this auction comprised of material from Gottlieb's business archives, all of which have been consigned directly by the Trumper family. The clock (12.5 inches high [with dome]; 8.5-inch base diameter), which is not in working order, displays moderate to heavy wear, mainly along the base. In Very Good condition overall. Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $2,700
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