The last time this one-of-a-kind drawing reached the auction block, it sold for $2,400—and it's easy to see why. Ruth's poignant portrait recalls the final days of his life, when the gaunt, thin-haired, cancer-stricken legend made his final public appearances. It's dated to the year before his death, and yet, miraculously, Babe's signature is just as robust and dynamic as the autographs of his youth. No doubt Babe deeply appreciated the artistic tribute and mustered all his strength to execute such clean, bold handwriting. According to its past auction description, the 5x8 artwork originates with a Seattle-based female artist who acquired athlete and celebrity autographs through her friendship with Seattle Post-Intelligencer sports editor Royal Brougham, whose name still casts a long shadow in the Seattle sports community to this day. EX condition with a "9" signature. Matted and framed—in what appears to be the original, slightly weathered frame—to overall dimensions of 9x12. A matching piece depicting Honus Wagner is also offered in our auction. Full LOAs from JSA and PSA/DNA.
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