CLEVELAND, Ohio — A group of contemporary artworks formerly displayed at the Cleveland Indians corporate offices is featured in the upcoming Contemporary Art auction at Gray’s Auctioneers on Wednesday, September 27. The sale is now live and open for bidding at LiveAuctioneers.
Real estate developer Dick Jacobs, along with his brother David, purchased the Cleveland Indians in 1986 for $35 million. During his ownership, the Indians went from perennial losers to winning two pennants. He sold the team in 1999 and passed away in 2009.
These artworks were formerly displayed at Jacob’s Indians offices, and reflect a hometown focus that will appeal to any Indians or baseball fan.
Dale Leadenham’s (1955-2023) Hard Ball, an acrylic on canvas from 1993, measures a whopping 42 by 84in and is striking in its vibrant use of color. It is estimated at $4,000-$6,000.
In classic Norman Rockwell fashion, Bob Leathers’s Going, Going, Gone, a 48 by 48in acrylic on canvas, celebrates the thrill of victory (and in the case of the two dejected Yankee fans shown at the lower right, the agony of defeat) across a classic grouping of Indians fans. It is estimated at $2,000-$4,000.
Cleveland’s own Dexter Davis has the top lot in the sale. His New Birth 2 is a mixed media study using graphite and charcoal acrylic on paper. It is estimated at $5,000-$7,000.
Visit the catalog now and sign up to bid in this Cleveland-focused sale at LiveAuctioneers.