Dec 15, 2022 - Sale 2625

Sale 2625 - Lot 232

Price Realized: $ 37,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 15,000 - $ 20,000


Rock Climbers.

Cartoon for The New Yorker, published September 11, 1954, with their copyright stamp and notations on verso. Watercolor, ink, and gouache on board. 557x385 mm; 22x15 1/4 inches. Signed "Chas Addams" in lower right image and gifted and inscribed to his friends on their wedding day: "For Mimi & Alexander - love & all the best --Chas Addams 1971."

Prince Alexander and the Sicilian princess Maria "Mimi" di Niscemi were wed on February 23, 1971. Son of Prince Nikita Alexandrovich of Russia and a great nephew of Nicholas II of Russia, the last Tsar, Alexander became the first member of the Romanov family to visit Russia after the Revolution. The couple was friendly with Addams, who gifted them this, one of his most iconic cartoons, on the occasion of their wedding.