History: Robert LeRoy Ripley (December 25, 1890 May 27, 1949), better known by the name Robert Ripley, was an American cartoonist, entrepreneur, and amateur anthropologist who is known for creating the Ripley's Believe It or Not! newspaper panel series, radio show, and television show which feature odd facts from around the world. Subjects covered in Ripley's cartoons and text ranged from sports feats to little-known facts about unusual and exotic sites. But what ensured the concept's popularity may have been that Ripley also included items submitted by readers, who supplied photographs of a wide variety of small-town American trivia ranging from unusually shaped vegetables to oddly marked domestic animals, all documented by photographs and then depicted by Ripley's drawings. Offered here is an original drawing done by Robert Ripley. The subject is a comparison of the great bare knuckle champion John L. Sullivan and outstanding heavyweight contender of the late 1920's Jim Maloney. Maloney had carved out his niche with victories over Charley Weinert, Jack Delaney and Jack Sharkey. Ripley drew this in 1927 and has signed and dated it. His signature has been authenticated by autograph authenticators PSA/DNA and JSA (James Spence).

Full description: This is an original drawing on heavy artist paper. The images remain bold and clear. Ripley has signed at lower right, "To My Friend Charles Barnard With Best Regards RIP" 1927." John L. and Jim Maloney are identified at the left side. Some minor soiling. Tiny tack holes in corners. Edge and corner wear. Closed tears on right and left edges (about 1" on left, small on right) with no paper loss. Mild surface wear. 10 3/4" x 12 1/2." Authenticated by PSA/DNA and JSA. Exceptionally rare, important work by Ripley with the famous John L. Sullivan as part of the subject. Most of flaws are on edges with the work itself presenting very well.

Size: 10 3/4 x 12 1/2

Categories: Artwork - Sullivan, John L. -

Condition: very good

Quantity: 1

Price: $2500.00

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