Lot #8458
Early Boxing Original Photo Collection with Jack Dempsey, Jess Willard and Joe Louis

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Estimate: $500+

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Many of these photos were originally sold as a group in a 1996 auction, where they originated from the Jack Dempsey estate. The original LOA from "Mrs. Jack Dempsey" accompanies this lot.

Includes: POSTCARDS (3) - 1) Jack Dempsey - dapper in a tuxedo (VG/EX).
2) Jack Dempsey at The Underwood, prior to Carpetier fight (GD). Actually sent to Dempsey by a fan.
3) Dempsey and Willard prior to July 4, 1919 title fight (EX, but has black corner tabs from an album.

ORIGINAL PHOTOS (20) - 1-14) total of 14 original Polaroid type photos of Jess Willard and Walter Monaghan sparring before the Dempsey title fight. Each measures approximately 3.25 x 4.25 and are generally VG to EX condition. 15-20) Jack Dempsey Polaroid type photos (GD to VG, a few lesser).

WIRE PHOTOS (11) - 1-7) Various wire photos of Dempsey, including one in action during the Jack Sharkey bout. A second photo, trimmed along left side shows Dempsey shaking hands with New York Giants manager John McGraw before 3rd game of 1922 World Series (GD). 8-10) Two wire photos of Gene Tunney, plus a studio photo of Tunney and his manager Doc Bagley. 11) Max Baer wire photo showing him arriving for his 1935 title fight vs James Braddock (Cinderella Man).

JOE LOUIS (2) - 1) a 7 x 9 inch wire photo up close of Louis in his boxing robe after his 1937 fight vs. Bob Pastor. 2) a 1948 magazine title "How to Box by Joe Louis." 64 pages with plenty of photos. (VG/EX condition with tight spine).

Total of 36 items, all from some of the greatest heavyweight champions of all time.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Sports
  • Dates: February 07 - February 21