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Auction Description for Swann: THE WORK OF AL HIRSCHFELD

THE WORK OF AL HIRSCHFELD

by Swann Auction Galleries

Platinum House

218 lots with images

October 7, 2004

104 East 25th Street

New York, NY, 10010 USA

Phone: 212.254.4710

Fax: 212 979 1017

Email: swann@swanngalleries.com

The African Queen: Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart.

Lot 1: The African Queen: Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart.

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Description: Etching, 9 1/2x12 3/4 inches oblong, full margins. Printer's proof, signed by Hirschfeld and annotated "P.P. II/II" in pencil, lower margin. 1980.

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Woody Allen.

Lot 2: Woody Allen.

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Description: Etching, 12x9 3/4 inches, full margins. Signed by Hirschfeld and numbered 8/150 in pencil, lower margin. 1980. (HW/143)

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American Ballet.

Lot 3: American Ballet.

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Description: Lithograph, 16 1/4x21 inches oblong. Signed by Hirschfeld and numbered 14 8/250 in pencil, lower margin. 1980.Alexander Godunov, Martine Von Hamel, Anthony Dowell, Natalia Makarova, Fernando Bujones, and Cynthia Gregory."I had a lot more fun than usual doing this one. As I look at the visual motif now, the dancers look like treble clefs almost, or like musical instruments in the way they blend together. The sweeping line works beautifully in this drawing. Ballet, of course, has a lot of that boundless energy, that flying around the stage, that I like so much. In fact the ground is only hinted at here with that one thin bending line - or maybe its a horizon line, and who knows how high up in the air they might be cavorting about." HOL/247

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American Popular Song: Great American Songwriters.

Lot 4: American Popular Song: Great American Songwriters.

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Description: Lithograph, 19x18 1/2 inches, full margins. Signed by Hirschfeld and numbered 13 6/225 in pencil, lower margin.Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart, Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, Dorothy Fields, Jerome Kern, Johnny Mercer, Irving Berlin, Hoagy Carmichael, George & Ira Gershwin, and Duke Ellington.

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Fred Astaire.

Lot 5: Fred Astaire.

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Description: Etching, 15 1/2x11 3/4 inches, full margins. Signed by Hirschfeld and annotated "v/xxv" in pencil, lower margin. 1975.

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