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    1902 John L. Sullivan Signed Studio Photograph. John L. Sullivan was the last great bare-knuckle champion and the first national sports hero of America. No one had ever seen the likes of the "Boston Strong Boy," who toured the nation, taking on all comers, with an offer of $1000 if they could last four rounds. No one could. With his epic 76-round victory over Jake Kilrain in 1889, his legend grew dramatically. Such a prominent figure was Sullivan, that when he was defeated in 1892 by Gentleman Jim Corbett, women and men across the nation wept. This elegant studio portrait shows an older, dapper Sullivan. It is nicely double matted to 13x16" and sits in a gorgeous wooden frame that measures 22x25". The image is clear and detailed, showing Sullivan's massive hands and barrel chest. The signature and inscription are in the upper left corner and read, "Compliments of John L. Sullivan - To My Friend, M M Patrick Conly - July 1st, 1902." This is the one of the best known signed photos of John L. Sullivan to be offered at public auction. LOA from PSA/DNA. LOA from James Spence Authentication.

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    October, 2007
    27th Saturday
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