Jan 28, 2016 - Sale 2403

Sale 2403 - Lot 171

Price Realized: $ 4,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 2,500 - $ 3,500
"Beverly Hills Hotel" Pencil on paper. 230x203 mm; 9x8 inches, sheet. Inscribed "For Muriel [Siebert]/ with love / Chas Addams" in pencil, lower right. Unpublished cartoon. Tipped to archival matte along top edge verso and framed. Nd.

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Inscribed to Muriel Siebert, the first woman to receive a seat on the New York Stock Exchange and a good friend of Addams (both in Manhattan and Southampton). He carried her telephone number in all of his personal vest pocket directories and he saw her often socially. The child in the cartoon is a clear precursor to the character who became Pugsley Addams and seems to depict a less than pleasant stay at the famous hotel. Like most of his preliminary drawings, it appears in its rough state but does not seem to have made it to a published form.