Mar 10, 2011 - Sale 2239

Sale 2239 - Lot 228

Estimate: $ 5,000 - $ 7,500
A UNIQUE PLATE NEVER USED (KING, MARTIN LUTHER JR.) SHAHN, BEN. Original zinc plate for an etching of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, engraved by Stefan Martin for Ben Shahn. 20x19-7/8x16 inches. Np, 1965

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the original plate for an edition that was not printed. This portrait of Martin Luther King Jr. by Ben Shahn was originally engraved on wood by Stefan Martin for the cover of Time Magazine's March 19th, 1965 issue. The portrait was subsequently re-done via photo-offset for two separate limited editions. The present appears to be yet a third, photo-etched version, for an edition that was never printed. See Prescott, The Complete Graphic works of Ben Shahn, page 170. (Quadrangle, 1973).