Lot 504: The Finest Babe Ruth Photograph Extant (10.5x13.5")
Auction Date:5/3/2007 9:00 PM EST
Out of this world image is by legendary Hollywood cinematographer Ned Van Buren for the series of shorts “Play Ball with Babe Ruth.” Spectacular silent film portrait still is of the finest quality possible. Stunning matte finish and sepia coloring, it measures a meaty 10.5x13.5” and features the Babe in his rookie year with the Yankees in the Polo Grounds (The Polo Grounds facade forms a striking background). Definitive promotional image from the film is even signed and dated by the artist, “Ned Van Buren 1920” in red. That is very unusual for a Hollywood still and is an homage to the quality of the piece both then and now. Minor pencil writing on back can be easily erased, overall EX-MT. Best of all, The Babe is wearing his Keystone Kops white face paint, giving this an eerie yet sumptuous tone.
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