Custom Made Palmer Cue Stick c.1969-70 Belonged to Robert Kipniss
Robert Kipniss is one of the great living artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. His body of work is so extensive that it can fill volumes. His works have a distinctive style that has evolved over the past 50 years while staying true to his artistic vision. World renown galleries such as Weinstein in San Francisco regularly feature his work.
In addition to creating works of art on tangible media, in the 1960s and early 1970s in New York City, Robert created in another way by playing three cushion billiards. Though he is not fond of the nick-name, he was loosely known as "Bob the Artist." Robert was respected as a player by his peers and regularly subsidized his income with earnings from the green baize.
Robert had Gene Balner of Palmer Cues make a custom cue to closely resemble an earlier Hoppe cue that was stolen from him. Robert asked for a simple and elegant cue that was not too fancy. What Balner delivered was a Titlist full splice cue with no wrap (another specification), with minimal inlay work (at least for Palmer Cues). The Titlist blank features one of the finer pieces of rosewood ever used in a Titlist cue. On the bottom of the cue in the famous Palmer window is the name "Bob K.," which always disappointed Kipniss, as well as the Palmer signature.
The cue is in excellent 100% original condition and now resides permanently retired in the Andrews Collection. Please check back soon for some original pen and ink drawings by Kipniss.
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