Lot 468: Boxing. A group of 11 vintage gelatin siver print photographs relating to the World Welterweight champion boxer Ted "Kid" Lewis (born Gershon Mendeloff, 1893-1970), mostly circa 1918, 8 with Lumier, New York credit stamp in the negative, of these three featuring Lewis with Charlie Chaplin (playful boxing, admiring a locket and picking fruit in an orchard), three of Lewis alone, one of Lewis in boxing stance with a young boy and one of two young boys boxing without Lewis, one head-and-shoulders portrait carbon print of Lewis by Hartsook, one uncredited photograph showing Lewis in a boxing ring with opponent before the match with onlooking crowd and officials looking to camera, all somewhat creased and soiled, a few marginal splits and one single wormhole, 20 x 25cm, the final photograph a panoramic group portrait of young men in gym t-shirts, 13 x 33cm, a little creased and small marginal split at foot. Lewis is often grouped alongside the all-time greats, with ESPN ranking him 41st on their list of the 50 Greatest Boxers of All-Time. BoxRec ranks Lewis as the second best UK boxer ever. He is a member of the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, the Ring Magazine Hall of Fame, and the International Boxing Hall of Fame. It is believed that the two non-boxing photographs of Lewis with Chaplin are unpublished. Provenance: Acquired by the current owner directly from the family in the 1990s. (11)
Dominic Winter's Printed Books and Maps Auction October 2015
Wednesday, 14th October 2015
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