Exceptional sepia matte-finish 7.25 x 9.25 publicity photo of Gehrig as he appeared in the 1938 film Rawhide, neatly signed and inscribed in fountain pen, “To Vivian—My sincerest and best to you always, Lou Gehrig.” In fine condition, with an irregular surface spot to the lower left, a few tiny red marks to his chin area, the inscription and signature just a shade light, and uniformly trimmed edges. Accompanied by a full letter of authenticity from JSA. A wonderful, sharp image of Gehrig in his only Hollywood screen appearance, playing himself as a vacationing ballplayer visiting his sister on a ranch in the fictional town of Rawhide, Montana. Filming took place prior to the 1938 season, which would be his last full season before being diagnosed with ALS in June of 1939. In 2006, neuroscience researchers studied the film and found that Gehrig did not exhibit any visible signs of the disease during the film, concluding that he was functioning normally at that time. A handsome portrait with an interesting background. Pre-certified Steve Grad/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Lou Gehrig Signed 1938 portrait of Gehrig from Rawhide