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Circa 1922 Original George Grantham Bain Glass Negative - Babe Ruth Holding a Bat at the Polo Grounds
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,560
Original glass negative capturing Babe Ruth as a member of the New York Yankees, circa 1922, taken by renowned baseball photographer George Grantham Bain. The image captures Ruth posing on the field at the Polo Grounds with a bat held horizontally in front of him with both hands. Ruth's last name, and the production number "5846-11" are etched into the negative along the top right border (as was Bain's custom). The Yankees first wore this home uniform style (pinstripe uniform with solid navy hat) in 1922 and it remained in vogue until 1936, when the club added its "NY" logo on the left breast. Despite that fourteen-year span, this image almost certainly dates to the earlier end of that spectrum given Ruth's noticeably svelte physique. George Grantham Bain was one of the great early baseball photographers. In 1948 the Library of Congress purchased over 40,000 of Bain's glass negatives and nearly 50,000 of his photographic prints from the Culver Archives. Today, they permanently reside in the Library's George Grantham Bain Collection. This is one of a small number of Bain's original glass negatives, originating from the Culver Archives, that was not part of that purchase in 1948. 4 x 6 inches. Because this negative (like all the negatives in the Culver Archives) was leased out to other news organizations, it displays flaws commensurate with its age and former use, which include varying degrees of emulsion loss, chipping, scuffing, and scratching (nearly all of those flaws can be minimized or eliminated through digital processing). Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,560
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