Sep 25, 2003 - Sale 1977

Sale 1977 - Lot 55

Price Realized: $ 2,300
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 2,000 - $ 3,000
Gypsy: Ethel Merman, Jack Klugman,Sandra Church, and a trio of inventive strip-teasers.
Etching, 14x181/4 inches, full margins. Printer's proof, signed and annotated in pencil, lower margin.
"Gypsy was another of those story ideas that failed to immediately strike one as a sound idea for a Broadway musical. But it worked, and worked beautifully. I didn't even think about it as a musical, really, so well integrated were the songs into the story. It was also a case of the transformation of a huge musical comedy star, Ethel Merman, into a dramatic character role. That's Jack Klugman (making another odd couple with Ethel) on the left, and Sandra Church (peculiar name for a stripper!) as Gypsy Rose Lee. And the three "specialty acts" in the background." HOL/127