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Famed Painter LeRoy Neiman Dies At 91

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Famous artist LeRoy Neiman loved painting athletes. (credit: Chris Trotman/Getty Images Sport)

Famous artist LeRoy Neiman loved painting athletes. (credit: Chris Trotman/Getty Images Sport)

NEW YORK (CBS) — Famed painter LeRoy Neiman — known for vivid canvases often depicting sports stars and musicians — has died.

Neiman was 91.

Known nationally, and a die-hard New Yorker, Neiman had many ties to Southern California.

Most notably, he was given a lifetime achievement award from the University of Southern California.

Much of his work was also featured in Playboy and TV Guide magazines.

Neiman’s popularity crested in the 70s and 80s and he was a fixture in the New York social scene and devout Mets fan.

Copies of his work sold for thousands of dollars each. His annual sales would bring in about $10 million per year. His original works would fetch as much as half a million dollars a piece.

Neiman was also known for his handlebar mustache that went from ear to ear.

A circulation problem forced his right leg to be amputated in April 2010.

His autobiography “All Told: My Art and Life Among Athletes, Playboys, Bunnies and Provocateurs” was published this month.

Neiman was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on June 8, 1921.

He would have celebrated his 55th wedding anniversary this Friday.

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