Jul 16, 2020 - Sale 2541

Sale 2541 - Lot 160

Price Realized: $ 22,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 4,000 - $ 6,000
"Audience Left Wall" * "Audience Right Wall." Together, 2 illustrations for set pieces used in the various stage productions of Amphigorey, circa 1992-2000. Pen, ink, and correction fluid on paper. Each measures 147x165 mm; 5 3/4x6 1/2. Signed in pencil, lower right, captions and measurements inked in Gorey's hand, lower left margins. First image ("Left Wall") contains a 2x1 1/2-inch correction overlay at upper left side of opera box. Corner-mounted to custom linen matte board.

These illustrations, based upon Gorey's work about the mysterious tonic Q.R.V., were reproduced as large, 8-foot panels that flanked the sides of the stage for various scenes. Shortly before his death, Gorey sold the artwork he had created for the 1992 Philadelphia Plays and Players Theatre production of Amphigorey, A Musicale to help raise funds for the 2000 production of The Gorey Details, the third and final incarnation of the play that began as Tinned Lettuce; or, the New Musical before it was reworked as Amphigorey, A Musicale and finally to The Gorey Details. This last incarnation of the play was in progress when he died and was produced posthumously. Original artwork from Gorey's theatrical productions is scarce on the market.