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    The sports art legend captures the precise moment of victory for the San Francisco 49ers

    1989 Super Bowl XXIII 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 impressionistic 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. The most recent Super Bowl-related Neiman to sell at auction, smaller in size than the offered example, commanded a winning bid of $430,000 in April 2015.

    This oil on panel masterpiece, widely reproduced in serigraphic format, captures the moment of victory for the San Francisco 49ers, a ten yard Joe Montana to John Taylor strike with thirty-nine seconds to play. Roger Craig and Jerry Rice watch from the periphery. A successful extra point would follow to conclude the day's twenty to sixteen tally over the vanquished Cincinnati Bengals at Miami's Joe Robbie Stadium, directing the third of four Lombardi Trophies to the 1980's 49ers.

    The work displays in pristine condition, offering a viewable area of 23x43.5". Professional matting and framing completes the dimensions at 32x52". Third party shipping required.


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    Auction Dates
    February, 2016
    20th-21st Saturday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 9
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