September 2014
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Oil on Canvas Panel; 14" x 18"; Elegantly housed in its original matted-and-framed presentation to 21-1/2" x 25-1/2".

If you know Dick Perez, you know his love of tennis. As seen in Dick's website photo gallery, he has hit the court at Hall of Fame Weekend tournaments with the likes of Ted Williams, Hank Aaron, Monte Irvin, Bowie Kuhn, Bobby Doerr and many others.

But how many times has the master artist painted tennis scenes during his illustrious 40-plus-year career? Exactly twice. The first piece to reach public hands was a watercolor of an unidentified early-20th-century player that sold years ago. Presented here is the only remaining tennis artwork in Perez's personal vault—and what a vintage beauty it is. Created in the late 1970s, this homage to Swedish superstar Bjorn Borg forever freezes in time those innocent glory days of tennis. McEnroe's mortal foe wields his classic Donnay Allwood racquet (a sponsorship that began after Borg's first French Open win in 1975), and sports his iconic Fila wardrobe and accessories (re-popularized for a new generation by Luke Wilson's character in the 2001 cult film The Royal Tenenbaums). With 11 Grand Slam titles under his belt, Borg retired shortly after this painting at age 26, and he is still considered by many to be the greatest in tennis history.

He is the Borg. He will be assimilated into your collection. Resistance is futile.

In the Words of Dick Perez: I had just gotten into playing tennis and became an avid follower of the sport—almost unreasonably obsessed with it. Probably doing too much baseball at the time, and thought I would do something for myself to hang in my studio. I was impressed with Borg's stoicism and style of play, so he became a favorite. He was at his peak when I made this painting.

Late 1970s Bjorn Borg Vintage Original Painting by Dick Perez
Late 1970s Bjorn Borg Vintage Original Painting by Dick Perez
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Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $500
Price Realized (Includes Buyers Premium): $657
Number of Bids: 2
Auction closed on: 9/5/2014