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Lot 740: Robert Clemente Death Cartoon
Mourning took on all forms when Roberto Clemente perished in a plane crash on New Year's Eve 1972. This 14 x 24" original pen and ink (VG-EX) sums up his Puerto Rican homeland's feelings the morning after he and others were bound for Nicaragua to help earthquake victims, but plunged into the sea just off the Puerto Rican coast. Clemente, revered by the baseball world and worshipped by fellow Puerto Ricans and the entire Hispanic community, is given an at-sea ceremony with a wreath floating over the whitecaps. "Roberto Clemente And Fellow Voyagers," the funereal curtain reads, as a cross or star shines above to guide them to their final resting place. The work is delicately employed on white artist's board, brilliantly deploying shades of white, gray and black. Clemente's body was never found, so this would have served readers as a tangible goodbye.
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