RMY Auctions has opened its August Premium Auction with over 1,500 vintage sports, entertainment and historic photographs up for bid.
Batting leadoff in the auction is a rare image of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig posing for photographers as they shake hands in late September of 1927 as the “Murderer’s Row” Yankees prepared to meet the Pittsburgh Pirates in the World Series. The 6 x 8 ¾” image originated from a well-known photo shoot that resulted in some better known photographs but it’s the only one of this exact pose ever to come into the market.
The photo is a silver gelatin double weight image that shows the Yankees’ two stars in a light moment as they finished off the rest of the American League in preparation for the NL champion Pirates.
Ruth and Gehrig were the talk of baseball all season. The Babe hit .356 with a then-record 60 home runs and 164 RBI while Gehrig hit .373 with 47 home runs and a league-leading 175 RBI.
The World Series was no contest. The Yankees swept Pittsburgh in four games as Ruth hit .400 with two homers and 7 RBI and Gehrig hit .308 while knocking in four runs.
The back of the 89-year-old photo bears the Wide World Photos stamp and numerous pencil markings from a newspaper’s photo editor made decades ago.
It’s one of numerous photos featuring Ruth and Gehrig that are part of the auction, which opened Wednesday and runs through August 19 at RMYAuctions.com.