Maine artist-emeritus Helen Rundell's works can be seen on permanent exhibit at the Smithsonian Institute, the Library of Congress, and in American Embassies on four continents. So highly regarded is Helen, that Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer eagerly agreed to interrupt their busy schedules to authenticate her latest and most historically significant tribute. "The King and the Golden Bear II" depicts Palmer and Nicklaus in the 1971 Ryder Cup — the first time they were teammates in this tradition-laden event. Ms. Rundell's original oil has been acquired for well over $70,000, eclipsing the previous high sale established by her first Nicklaus/Palmer oil painting of golf's legendary twosome at St. Andrews. Both original oils now hang proudly in a prestigious private collection on the Eastern seaboard; we are fortunate indeed to have acquired the final 350 prints from the limited-edition issue of 500. Ms. Rundell personally supervised the printing, which occurred on acid-free, museum quality stock. Red mahogany imported from Italy frames each print, protected by a hand-wrapped linen matting with gold fillets — the overall effect is stunning to say the least.Golf History
— In the 1969 Ryder Cup at Royal Birkdale, the British stunned the golf world by tying the U.S. at 16 all. Ryder Cup rookie Jack Nicklaus graciously conceded Tony Jacklin's 2-foot putt on the final hole to seal that startling 16-16 draw. For 1971, the Cup moved to Old Warson Country Club in St. Louis. After the first day, the British led 41/2 — 31/2. U.S. thoughts of avenging the 1969 tie were imperiled, as Nicklaus and Dave Stockton were surprised the first morning, 3 and 2, by Jacklin and Brian Huggett! Fortunes changed on Day Two. As the pivotal match reached its climax, Palmer read the green for Nicklaus as he prepared to sink the clinching putt that permitted them to edge Townsend and Bannerman 1 up, giving the U.S. an insurmountable lead.Greatness
— Now internationally acclaimed artist Helen Rundell has captured the power and the charisma of the two greatest golfers of our time, at that moment in 1971 when they first competed as Ryder Cup teammates. Among the talents that distinguish Rundell from her contemporaries is her ability to capture on canvas the gift of greatness, as revealed in the sheer steel of Nicklaus' determination, and in the confidence of Palmer. Asked at the signing if Nicklaus had actually made the putt, Palmer replied with a straight face, but a mischievous twinkle, "Of course — I was reading it for him!" Last Fall we sold out the first Rundell print in under 30 days. We have secured the last 200 of just 275 Serigraphs. Using a silkscreen technique to apply oil-based paint directly onto archival board, a serigraph most closely resembles the original oil.