NEW YORK -- The original plaster cast of the Heisman Trophy,
the model used for the award given annually to the nation's top
college football player, sold at auction Saturday for $228,000.
The cast was put up for sale by the family of Frank Eliscu, the
artist who came up with the familiar design of a twisting runner,
the ball tucked in his left arm and his right arm extended to ward
off imaginary tacklers. The identity of the buyer was not
immediately made public.
Eliscu was 23 when members of the Downtown Athletic Club
selected him to design their trophy in 1935. He received a $200 fee
for creating the iconic award, which was his first commissioned
Among those who have won the Heisman Trophy are Barry Sanders,
Roger Staubach, Ricky Williams and Doug Flutie. The actual trophy
is cast in bronze.
Eliscu's later efforts ranged in scale from the inaugural medals
of President Gerald Ford and Vice President Nelson Rockefeller to
the "Cascade of Books" above the entrance to the James Madison
Building of the Library of Congress.
The auction was held on the same day that this year's Heisman
was handed out in Manhattan.
The auction's other top lot, the uniform worn by Hall of Famer
Joe DiMaggio during his rookie season with the New York Yankees,
failed to find a buyer. The pre-sale estimate for the uniform,
bearing No. 9 rather than DiMaggio's familiar No. 5, was expected
to bring in more than $600,000.