Lot 2: SULLIVAN JOHN L.: (1858-1918) American Boxer,
December 15, 2012
Heathrow, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: SULLIVAN JOHN L.: (1858-1918) American Boxer, recognised as the first World Heavyweight Champion 1881-92. An unusual vintage gentleman's shirt collar, with label of maker's Whitehill & Bigelow, inscribed in dark fountain pen ink by Sullivan, 'Compliments of John L Sullivan to whoever gets the collar, March 3 - 1907, To stop arguments, Size 21 inches'. With extensive staining and age wear, lightly affecting the writing. Professionally mounted on black alongside a bold pencil signature by Sullivan ('John L Sullivan's compliments, Boston, Mass,') on a white card and also alongside four different reproduction images of Sullivan in various poses. Framed and glazed in a plain black wooden frame to an overall size of 23 x 21. Rare. The collar only FR, the signed card VG
Provenance: The collar was originally sold at auction by Christie's in New York in their sale of Sports Memorabilia on 26th March 1994 (Lot 168, Estimate $500-700). Their catalogue description states that the other side of the collar bears the sentiment 'The Noblest Roman of The All - Now will you be good - That's all'.