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    Featured in Newsweek magazine article, "The Running Backs."

    1972 John Riggins Original Painting by LeRoy Neiman. One need only refer to the Permanent Auction Archives of our website to witness the soaring trajectory of Neiman sales in recent years. While there's no question that the ninety-one year old artist's passing in June 2012 has fermented interest in Neiman's distinctive style, the trend owes far more to the greater shift in the American art market that has seen enormous gains in the commercial art of painters from Joseph Leyendecker to Gil Elvgren to Norman Rockwell. A new generation of art collectors has come to realize that the upturned noses of their predecessors toward such artists had been an error in need of correction, and that a commission for The Saturday Evening Post or the cover of a boxing program did not preclude a work's assignment under the heading of "Fine Art."

    Neiman's ebullient expressionistic style has enjoyed decades of popularity among the general male population since his buddy Hugh Hefner gave him his start at Playboy, and he quickly became synonymous with sports art, creating program covers for Heavyweight Championship fights, the Indy 500 and the World Series. But we still find ourselves near the very beginning of his wider acceptance in the rarefied air of galleries from Soho to Beverly Hills, suggesting the real pricing boom is still around the corner.

    Those believing that Neiman's path will mirror those of Rockwell and Elvgren willl see tremendous opportunity here, in this arresting study of running back John Riggins early in his Hall of Fame career. The thickly applied oil on board work is classic Neiman, the daring color palette, the swirling kinetics. The work was one of several commissioned by the editors at Newsweek magazine for inclusion in their December 4, 1972 article celebrating the top running backs in the National Football League--a copy of that magazine will be included with the lot. The work was later gifted to a close friend of Neiman's, and is consigned to this Platinum Night event by his daughter.

    The artwork measures 17x24" in size and is professionally framed to final dimensions of 25x32.5". Pre-certified by PSA/DNA. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication.






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    Auction Dates
    February, 2015
    21st-22nd Saturday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 8
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