Artist Michael Reagan is probably best known for his "Fallen Soldiers" portraits, hand-drawn portraits he creates for free, for the families of soldiers killed in Iraq or Afghanistan. Reagan's career began in the late 1990s by drawing commissioned portraits for celebrities, the Washington-based Vietnam veteran would draw two portraits of a celebrity and provide one as a gift, asking the second to be signed and returned to the artist. As a result, Reagan developed a collection of more than 1500 signed portraits. Over the years, Reagan has drawn portraits and donated them to charity auctions that have raised more than $10 million nationally. He currently accepts commission work of all kinds.
This pencil drawing began with the athlete's signature on a blank illustration board (the heavy board measures 10" x 15". Reagan then produced the illustration atop the signature, adding his signature at completion. For years, Reagan would produce two such illustrations for each athlete, providing one for our consignor (who obtained the signatures, largely at private signings) and keeping one.
Outstanding illustration of Baltimore Orioles hero Cal Ripken, Jr., signed at the bottom center by the Ironman in black Sharpie. Reagan signed and dated the piece 1995 at the lower-right corner. Full LOA by James Spence Authentication.