|Title:||Joe Namath Lithograph|
|Description:||Leroy Neiman lithograph-Joe Namath Artist Proof signed in stone and signed in pencil. Framed|
|Origin:||Bought at auction|
|Appraised By:||Sara Kinch|
|Appraiser Comments:||Thank you for the information. The artwork submitted inquiry is an artist's proof which was pulled before the limited edition lithographic print by the contemporary artist LeRoy Neiman (1921-) United States. Neiman was born in Minnesota but for most of his career as an artist he is associated with and located in New York City. Neiman is well-noted for his very expressive paintings of especially sports figures and sporting events. Also popular with collectors are Neiman's colorful depictions of entertainers and New York. He paints in the style of abstract expressionism and has completed artwork in all mediums, but he is most prolific for his printmaking and serigraphs. Neiman has served as the official artist for important sports events and productions including ABC Television's "Wide World of Sports" and the 1972 Olympics. He has created many covers and illlustrations for publications such as "Time" and "Playboy".The lithographic print that you possess is one of a few different prints created by Neiman on the theme of Super Bowl III and Joe Nameth, quarterback for the Jets at the time of Super Bowl III. The print is generally known by the title of "Super Bowl III" or "After The Game". The original artwork by Neiman was completed as an oil on board in 1969 and the lithographic print was first published in 1970. in a limited-edition of 200 prints. The Namath prints were also produced as serigraphic prints in different publications. The print submitted for inquiry is hand-signed by the artist at the lower left-hand corner and the artist has included the date of 1970 along side of his signature. The print is also initialed at the lower left-hand corner with the letters "AP". These letters are a reference to the print being an artist's proof which is a trial print pulled before the artist approves the final image for publication. I can find no information regarding how many artist's proofs were pulled, but the number of proofs is most often a low number of prints. The most desirable of the Namath prints by Neiman are those that are hand-signed by both the artist and Joe Namath.Thank you for your inquiiry. Sara Kinch|
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