A Bronx native is the composer. A Bronx icon is the revered subject. Neither needs an introduction. Measuring 40 x 39-7/8”, a textured canvas is firmly mounted to a wooden frame. Vibrant colors and meticulous strokes portrays 21-year-old Mickey Mantle holding the baseball he had just launched some 565 feet out of Washington’s cavernous Griffith Stadium. The artist, of course, is the equally legendary Steve Kaufman, who climbed the ranks in New York as Andy Warhol’s protégé and went on as the graphic artist for Saturday Night Live. The familiar depiction has been reproduced by the thousands, but this is the original composition which, appropriately, was given to Mantle and remained in his personal archives. The late Kaufman (d.2010) has signed the reverse in black felt tip (“8” strength). Accompanying is a COA signed by Merlyn, David and Danny Mantle; as well as an auction LOA from JSA (for Kaufman signature).
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