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Lot # 1436 (1436 of 1911)   « Previous Lot | Next Lot »

1929 Original Glass Negative - Lou Gehrig Taking Batting Practice at Fenway Park

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $2,160

Original glass negative, originating from the Culver Archives, capturing Lou Gehrig taking batting practice at Fenway Park in 1929. The fabled "Iron Horse" is beautifully captured in midswing, while another photographer can be seen in the background capturing the scene from the opposite side. This is a magnificent action image of Gehrig, the likes of which are the exception rather than the rule, making this both a rare and desirable photographic piece dating from the prime of his career. The number "16" is written in the top right corner. 5 x 4 inches. Accompanied by its original paper sleeve, which lists both the local (Fenway Park) and year (1929) in vintage blue ink. 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 $300. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $2,160

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