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Sale 1907 Lot 784

George Valentine Dureau
(American/Louisiana, 1930-2014)

"David Kopay II"

double 120 mm color negative blow up
same negative blown up twice, each photo laid down back to back on mat board, each photo signed lower right center in marker.
Matted, glazed and framed.
photo 30" x 30", framed 31-1/2" x 31-1/2"

Notes: From 1964-1971, David Kopay played as a running back for the San Francisco 49ers, Washington Redskins, New Orleans Saints and Detroit Lions. Three years after he retired in 1972, Kopay became the first NFL player to publicly come out as gay, challenging stereotypes of masculinity in professional sports that stymied his future coaching positions on college and national football leagues. In 1977, Kopay wrote an autobiography on his experience in coming to terms with his sexual orientation that instantly became a New York Times national best-seller, inspiring younger generations of homosexual, bi and transgender young men and women.

While playing for the New Orleans Saints in 1971, Kopay befriended George Dureau, who took a series of nude studies/photographs of the football player. After Kopay came out, a limited edition of twenty-five 14" x 14" silver gelatin prints, signed by both Kopay and Dureau, were released. The color negatives were later printed in the much larger format seen here and signed by Dureau.

Estimate $1,000-1,500

Sold for $1,125
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