Lot # 1753: 1956 Superb Large-Format Original Photograph of the Brooklyn "Bum" Emmett Kelly

Starting Bid: $2,500.00

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Item was in Auction "REA Fall 2016",
which ran from 10/6/2016 1:50 PM to
10/30/2016 11:47 PM



In 1956, Emmett Kelly took leave from his regular job as a clown with the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus to spend a year at Ebbetts Field in the persona of the Dodgers beloved mascot, the "Brooklyn Bum." Offered here is a rare and extraordinary large-format sepia-toned photo capturing the sad-faced Kelly standing at attention in the Dodgers dugout during the playing of the national anthem. Photos of Kelly during his year-long stay in Brooklyn are scarce, especially large-format examples such as this. It also has the special provenance of originating from the personal collection of former Dodgers mound ace Clem Labine. The photo (8.5 x 12.5 inches) displays a light diagonal crease in the lower right corner, as well as a few additional surface wrinkles. In Excellent condition overall. Matted and framed to total dimensions of 14.5 x 18.5 inches. Reserve $2,500. Estimate (open).

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