Jan 23, 2014 - Sale 2337

Sale 2337 - Lot 178

Price Realized: $ 7,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 5,000 - $ 7,500
". . . so take my advice and just bet your shirt!" Early variant of July 1941 Esquire Magazine Centerfold. Watercolor and gouache on Whatman Water Color Board with overlays and cut-outs. 347x559 mm; 13 1/2x22 inches, sheet, recent window mat still adhered along top edge. Signed lower right, verso contains Campbell-Ewald stamp with manuscript description, title and magazine date in pencil, and paper and glue remnants.

Additional Details

A wonderful wartime image by famed pin-up artist Petty. An original 2-page centerfold is included in the lot and shows the difference between the printed image and the original artwork: Petty likely altered the final design after publication for another project as it shows the following differences: the doll seated, not standing, her finger under his elbow and his foot by her cuff, the puppet's hat insignia is Navy (changed from Air Force wings in the original), and the small watercolor abstract ship with steam in the background is not present. The original also has mounted corrected overlays on her sleeve and shoulder insignia, and puppet figure.