94-95 actual photo from smiley n. pool of the nba trophies used for houston chronicle

Sep 26, 2019. 17:37 UTC
94-95 Actual photo from Smiley N. Pool of the NBA trophies used for Houston Chronicle
WILFREDO
United States of America

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Description

This is one of what I believe was 3 similar photos presented to us at Tiffany & Co. in 1995 after the photo was taken by Houston Chronicle photographer Smiley N. Pool in the Compaq Center in Houston the day before the final game, the photo is 14x11, I framed it with the 10 key player's cards and an autographed photo of me holding one of the trophies by Hakeem Olajuwan, I also have attached one of the newspapers article showing the image used

Provenance

This was given to me by Houston Chronicle photographer Smiley N. Pool as I was responsible for taking the trophies to and from Compaq Center

CONDITIONAL
$300 - $400 (United States Dollar)
Answered within about 4 hours
Sep 26, 21:55 UTC
By Trey

Thank you for contacting Mearto with your appraisal inquiry. Based on the photographs and description provided, this item is a framed set of memorabilia commemorating the second NBA title of the Houston Rockets, won in the 1994-1995 NBA season. The collection includes ten Fleer Ultra basketball cards of Rockets players, but is highlighted by two pieces: an unauthenticated Hakeem Olajuwon-autographed photo of the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy with the current owner of the piece (Olajuwon not pictured) and a first generation photograph (presumed from the original negative taken by Smiley N. Pool) of the primary photo for a Houston Chronicle special edition printing commemorating the title (a print of the Chronicle piece is included in the documentation of the piece establishing its provenance).

Based on actual sales of authenticated, signed Olajuwon pieces at auction and based on actual auction sales of first generation photographs from major newspapers related to basketball in this era, the Fair Market Value (a pre-auction estimate) of the piece conditional upon autograph authentication by a reputable third-party would be estimated at $300 to $400. The value of the photograph itself is estimated at $100 to $200.

This is a conditional appraisal, which means that we have not verified the authenticity of this item. Click here to learn more about the authentication resources that Mearto offers.
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