Sale 14EM01 | Lot 720

[BOXING] FIRPO, LUIS ANGEL. Group of six signed items and ephemera

Catalogue: El Morocco: The John Perona Collection

Lot Details

Lot 720
[BOXING] FIRPO, LUIS ANGEL. Group of six signed items and ephemera
. Comprising two autographed vintage photographs, three postcards signed, and one signed piece of currency. Most addressed and inscribed to John Perona, circa 1923. Each mounted to disbound album sheets. The largest photograph (7 x 5 inches) depicts Firpo in the training ring with two women (Miss New York & Miss Buffalo); the smaller photograph depicts Firpo on the deck of a ship in March 1923; the postcards postmarked from Mexico (June 1923), Montreal, and Philadelphia (August 1923); and the currency dated October 1923. Mounted minor creases and wear.
Luis Angel Firpo (1895-1960) was an Argentinian Heavyweight boxer who fought Jack Dempsey in New York in September 1923 in a title-bout that is considered one of the greatest fights of all time. This rare archive of signed items to friend John Perona dates from the period surrounding this historic fight. While Dempsey defeated Firpo in the second round, Firpo knocked his opponent out of the ring in the first round resulting in Dempsey hitting his head hard on a sportswriter's typewriter nearly causing him not to return to the fight. The moment was famously captured by George Bellows in his 1924 Dempsey and Firpo. Despite his fame, the autograph of the most well-known Latin American heavyweight is scarce. The ephemera included in the lot includes newspaper clippings including one from the day following the fight "Dempsey wins most terrific fight in history" and, in true El Morocco style, the sub-header reads "Firpo Tangoes and Joins Revel Until Two O'Clock After Fight."

C El Morocco: The John Perona Collection

Estimate: $300 - $500
Sold for $875 (includes buyer's premium)

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Estimate: $300 - $500
Sold for $875 (includes buyer's premium)

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