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"Ruth-Gehrig" Limited-Edition Artist's Proof Bronze Statue by Palmer Murphy
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $4,500
Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig are frozen in time in this extraordinarily detailed bronze statue by renowned artist Palmer Murphy. This rare piece was created in 1999, as noted by the copyright date engraved along the right border of the bronze base, and was issued the following year, in 2000, by Southland Art Castings, Inc. A Southland Art Castings plaque affixed to the bottom of the wood base displays the name of the piece "Gehrig-Ruth" and makes note that this is one of a limited number of artist's proofs, "AP 14/20." Palmer Murphy has signed the bottom of the wooden base in black marker (grading "10"). The extremely limited production run explains why we have seen so few of these. This is only the second artist's proof bronze of this statue we have handled. The first appeared as Lot 1291 in REA's May 2008 auction, where it realized $4,406. Although this is a modern work, Murphy has crafted the piece in the tradition of classic baseball figural art of the nineteenth century; it is rare to see a figural work of such uncompromising quality and high-production values today. This statue was a special project fully licensed by the estate of Babe Ruth and produced in honor of the 100th anniversary of Babe Ruth's birth. Murphy is best known for his bronze statues, and his work has been displayed both at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown and at the Babe Ruth Museum in Baltimore. This is an extremely high quality work of art which could be displayed proudly in many settings and different types of collections. Height: 12 inches. Weight: 17 pounds. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000++. SOLD FOR $4,500
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