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Press Release - March 29, 2006
Heritage to Offer Rare Yankees Photograph!
Dallas, Texas: A rare panoramic photo of the 1928 New York Yankees, including portraits of such legends as Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and Leo Durocher, will be offered in Heritage Auction Galleries' upcoming Sports Memorabilia Signature Auction to be held on May 6, 2006 in Dallas, Texas.
"In the wake of the record-setting price of $89,625 realized for a 1911 Addie Joss Day panoramic photograph in our October 2005 Signature auction, it's no wonder that the hobby press generated quite a response from consignors hoping for similar results," said Chris Ivy, Director of Sports Auctions for HG&A.
"Offered here is one of the most remarkable pieces to surface in the weeks following the auction, a stunningly pristine and previously unknown image of the reigning World Champs, snapped at Spring Training just months after the Babe clubbed his sixtieth. The photograph comes from the estate of a pair of wealthy sisters in St. Petersburg, Florida, where thirty-six members of this legendary squad lined up for photographer 'M.P. Mayberry,' whose mark is found at the lower right side of this amazing work. You'll be hard-pressed to find an image with a greater supply of Hall of Fame Yankees, as we are offered crystal-clear portraits of Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Tony Lazzeri, Bill Dickey, Leo Durocher, Stanley Coveleski, Waite Hoyt, Earle Combs, Herb Pennock and diminutive manager Miller Huggins. Even famed hunchback batboy Eddie Bennett is here, sitting Indian-style at Cedric Durst's feet."
"An interesting bit of photographer's trickery expands the photo past its original dimensions," Ivy said, "as the sharp-eyed observer will note that a white vertical stripe four inches from the left marks the spot where two negatives were joined to complete the vastness of the scene, measuring thirty-one inches in width at a height of eight inches."
"While it might be difficult to believe that this spectacular find remains in Near Mint condition," Ivy continued, "there is not a single crease, tear or stain to be found, and short of some mild toning to the backside of the photograph, which has clearly remained rolled for the entirety of its eighty-eight years of life, we encounter no other sign of the wear and tear of passing decades. In poor condition this would be a thrilling find, but as it stands we don't hesitate to call this piece one of the finest photographs to reach the auction block in recent memory."
This panoramic photo of the 1928 New York Yankees carries a pre-auction estimate of $20,000 - $30,000.
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