Legends December 2008
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LeRoy Neiman has long delighted sports fans with some of the most resplendent artistic interpretations the hobby has ever seen. Here again Neiman's masterful craft memorializes one of baseball's greatest talents with a rare mixed media composition, this one picturing Mickey Mantle. Of course, the artist is best known for his brilliantly colored and stunningly energetic portrayals, but that impressionistic approach was abandoned for this endeavor in favor of a partially silhouetted pastel/ink design. Mantle is pictured with his back to the viewer, the athlete pin-striped in familiar Yankees regalia and leaning on a bat. A touch of blue pastel coloring shades the figure's Bombers headwear, and on the back of the jersey, Mantle's "7" is clearly visible. Neiman's mixed media approach made use of black ink in order to darken sections of the black page, then white pastel was employed to accent the legend's Yankees attire (to detail his figure, in fact).
Neiman has issued but only a limited number of Mickey Mantle original works, the most famous of which, "Mantle at Bat," achieving $108,000 in June of 1997. Collectors are understandably on the look-out for the artist's personal tribute to the Yankees legend, an APB alerting hobbyists that LeRoy Neiman, one of the most successful painters of our time and the most celebrated of all sports artists, has again rendered a hero of the National Pastime. Neiman's signature is found along the right edge of the 18" x 20" paper sheet, and an inexplicable caption of "Mickey Mantle - World Series Sept. 29 '63 - Yankee Stadium" was added to the bottom left (the 1963 Fall Classic began in October). The magnificent portrait is housed within a 30-1/4" x 32-1/4" frame. LOA from PSA DNA and JSA.
LeRoy Neiman Signed Mickey Mantle Original Pastel Sketch
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