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1939 Lou Gehrig Day Original Photographic Copy Negative
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $480
On July 4, 1939, Lou Gehrig, with the knowledge that he was suffering from an incurable disease, delivered one of the most moving and memorable speeches in sports history when he stood in front of over 61,000 fans at Yankee Stadium and declared "I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth." That speech took place at a special ceremony between games of a doubleheader between the Yankees and Senators, and was attended by many of Gehrig's former teammates, including Babe Ruth, who offered Gehrig an emotional embrace afterwards. Offered here is a large-format (14 x 11 inches) copy negative capturing a solemn moment during that historic Lou Gehrig Day ceremony. Gehirg is pictured front and center, standing next to Yankees general manager Ed Barrow at home plate, as he looks at the many awards and trophies bestowed upon him that day. In the background, lined up on either side, are his New York Yankees teammates and the visiting Washington Senators players. This is an extremely large negative, produced by a very large camera by taking a photo of another photo (hence the formal term "copy negative"). The negative, which is vintage to the period, originates from the photo archives of a New York paper and was probably needed in this extremely large size to create either a centerfold display or a special large-format supplement. The negative remains in Near Mint condition. Together with a 13.25 x 10-inch modern black-and-white print (Nr-Mt) made from the negative. Total: 2 items (negative and print). Reserve $300. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $480
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