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Original Artwork for a Lucky Strike Cigarette Advertisement 
Lot Number 414
 
Quantity: Bid Started: 09/12/2005 00:30:00 
Bid Open: 150.00  Bid Ends: 09/28/2005 23:30:00 
Bid Count: Overtime: 30 Minutes
Currently: 170.00  Time Left: 0m 0s 
       
 
Description

The gridiron talents of countless men went untested during the early years of professional football as businessmen who did not cash in on the baseball goldmine tried to popularize the barbaric sports. Many small leagues sprang up across the country and tried to wrest away the top collegian athletes from the fledging National Football League. One of these star players was Harvard All-American back, Erwin Gehrke who it was said to have the grace of a gazelle and power to break through walls. Presented is a the large, original oil on canvas artwork for an advertisement of Gehrke promoting Lucky Strike Cigarettes. After Harvard, Gehrke tried his hand at professional football with the AFGL in 1926 with the Boston Bulldogs; he and the league lasted one season. The Boston Bulldogs reformed in 1929 and joined the National Football League for a single season but resurfaced in 1932 as the Boston Braves and changed their name in 1933 to the Boston Redskins and finally relocated to Washington DC in 1937 as champions of the league. This tremendous artifact must have been saved from the wrecking ball when it was rescued from an old North Carolina tobacco farm. The fantastically aged canvas displays a wonderful patina and some signs of weathering and the once white border exhibits crackling. The extraordinary artwork features Gehrke’s portrait, name and a small football related scene along with the Lucky Strikes slogan. Affixed to the left side of exemplary relic is an 18” diameter Lucky Strike appliquéd logo. The overall measurements of the canvas are 24” x 50 ¼” while the actually painting measures 19 ½” x 44 ½”. This is a true rarity in sports collectibles, when has an item such as this from early football history been offered. 
 
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