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Commemorative print of the AUSTRALIA II Cup defence

Date: 1987
Dimensions:
Overall: 323 x 861 mm, 2.25 kg
Medium: Ink on paper, wood
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Yvonne Lexcen
Object Name: Print
Object No: 00015119
Place Manufactured:Australia

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    Description
    A commemorative print of the AUSTRALIA II America's Cup defence featuring portraits of captains and a central image of the cup itself.

    Number 5 of 2000.
    SignificanceThis print was given to yacht designer and sailor Ben Lexcen sometime between November 1983 and 1987.
    HistoryTheis commemorative print is number five of a limited edition of 2000 produced by the America's Cup Defence 1987. It contains a number of images.
    On the right side are portraits of John Bertrand, Ben Lexcen and Alan Bond, together with a photograph of AUSTRALIA II passing LIBERTY on the fifth leg of the final Cup race in 1983, a drawing of the Australian
    and the boxing kangaroo flags and a lines plan of AUSTRALIA II.
    Those images are mirrored on the right handside by portraits of Sir Thomas Lipton, Tommy Sopwith and Mike
    Vanderbilt, together with a print of AMERICA winning the 100 Guinea Cup in 1851, a drawing of the United States flag and a lines plan of AMERICA.
    The two sets of images are divided in the middle of the print by a photograph of the Cup, a seal and a quote from
    Ben Lexcen saying:
    "The America's Cup is called a sporting event. Believe me, when you're personally involved, it feels more like being in the frontline of a global war. "

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