Robert Savon Pious, Joe Louis vs. Clarence "Red" Burman, oil on illustration board, circa 1941. Estimate: $40,000 to $60,000.
Boxing is having a moment. Whether on this past week's episode of Mad Men, which was set against the backdrop of the 1965 Cassius Clay/Sonny Liston match, or tonight's ESPN documentary One Night in Vegas about Mike Tyson's last evening as world champion, the art of boxing is in the cultural consciousness.
Robert Riggs, One-Punch Knockout, lithograph, circa 1934. Estimate: $2,000 to $3,000.
Two of Swann's upcoming auctions feature boxing imagery, the epic battles depicted with palpable wounds and emotion. The September 21st 19th & 20th Century Prints & Drawings auction includes seven lithographs by Robert Riggs of boxing matches in the early 1930s. The October 7th African-American Fine Art auction includes an oil on illustration board painting of Joe Lous vs. Clarence "Red" Burman by Robert Savon Pious—this match took place on January 31, 1941 at Madison Square Garden.
Robert Riggs, Club Fighter, lithograph, circa 1933-34. Estimate: $3,000 to $5,000.
Labels: African-American Fine Art, American prints, boxing, Nigel Freeman, Robert Riggs, Robert Savon Pious, Todd Weyman