Auction of original LeRoy Neiman baseball art

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NEW YORK (AP) — A single-owner collection of original baseball art created by LeRoy Neiman is coming to an online auction.

During a three-decade span, the celebrated sports artist created 129 baseballs for a friend, a bank marketing executive.

Most were done in colored magic marker and captured some of baseballs' greatest players.

The collection will be offered in a Heritage Auctions online sale on May 16.

Among the highlights is a 1995 baseball of Mickey Mantle swinging a bat. It's signed: "Mickey — There'll never be another."

It's estimated to bring $4,000.

A rare non-sports baseball in the collection has an image of Marilyn Monroe. It's signed by Joe DiMaggio and could bring $6,000.

Neiman died in 2012. He was known for evoking the kinetic energy of the world's biggest sporting events.

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