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    One of the master's most famous collegiate football works

    1974 Johnny Rodgers & the Nebraska Cornhuskers "Breakaway" 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 will see tremendous opportunity here, in this dynamic portrait of Huskers running back Johnny Rodgers sprinting toward paydirt and the 1972 Heisman Trophy. Nebraska would obliterate Minnesota in the contest pictured, with Rodgers finding the end zone twice--a sixty-four-yard punt return and a two-yard rush--in the forty-nine to nothing rout.

    If the image looks familiar, there's good reason for that, as it has been widely reproduced in serigraph format under the title "Breakaway." This one-and-only original is oil on board, measuring 26x20" and framed to a museum-quality 34x27.5". Neiman signs the work at lower right. Fine condition.


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    Auction Dates
    August, 2018
    18th-19th Saturday-Sunday
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