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    1960's Minnesota Fats (Rudolf Wanderone) Worn Pinkie Ring. Rudolph Wanderone could do it all. He was a charmer, hustler, had the ability to make the girls blush and never met a pool hall he couldn't call home for a night. Simply put, the mold was forever broken when Minnesota Fats was born in January of 1913. Wanderone's career started inauspiciously as a teenager as he wandered through pool halls taking on anyone who would challenge him. His career really took shape in the 1960's when the The Hustler was filmed. Ever the promoter, Fats claimed the movie was modeled after his life. Eventually, Wanderone had a great rivalry with Willie Mosconi as the sport gained national prominence. When Wanderone was playing, he always had his familiar pool cue, also featured in this auction, and his pinkie ring. This size 8.75 pinkie ring belonged to Wanderone from the 1960's until his death in 1996. Provenance is concrete as letter from his widow, Teresa, will attend. According to her letter of provenance "Fats said he won this ring from a Sultan in the Middle East during a pool match." Now we aren't sure if we can back up that claim but we know Minnesota Fats wore this for a long time. Multiple photo matches will be featured on-line. The ring includes an emerald-cut diamond weighing approximately 1.05 carats, enhanced by full-cut irradiated diamonds weighing approximately 0.33 carats each, accented by baguette-cut diamonds weighing a total of approximately 0.35 carat, set in 14k white gold. Teresa Wondron did have an extra made (size 8.5), which will be included, because her husband lost weight and the original ring kept falling off. Teresa Wondron is expected to be in attendance at Platinum Night and will be available to answer questions about the mementos from The Minnesota Fats Collection. Notarized letter of provenance from Minnesota Fats' wife Teresa Wondron.

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    Auction Dates
    February, 2016
    20th-21st Saturday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 15
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