JACK DEMPSEY - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 82290
Sale Price $531.25
Early black and white publicity photograph of Jack Dempsey.
Photograph inscribed and signed: "To My Little Pal/Hanky Manheim/Every good Wish/Jack Dempsey". B/w with sepia hue, 8x10 overall, image 7x9 (one surface). Photograph by Apeda, New York. Billed as the "Manassa Mauler" and the "toughest man ever to come out of the West," the 6-foot, 190-pound Dempsey met the 6-foot-6, 250-pound heavyweight champion Jess Willard on July 4, 1919, at Toledo, OH. Dempsey won on a 3rd-round knockout. During the next seven years, Dempsey defended his title only six times but made a lot of money in the process. His fight against Frenchman Georges Carpentier on July 2, 1921 produced boxing's first $1 million gate. He lost his title to Gene Tunney on September 23, 1926 in a ten-round decision after which he retired. Named the greatest fighter of the half-century in a 1950 Associated Press poll, he won 60 professional fights, 49 by knockout; lost 7, 1 by knockout; and fought 7 draws, 5 no-decisions, and 1 no-contest. Lightly creased and soiled at blank margins. Fine condition.
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