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    Sale 2375 | Lot 229
    Price Realized: $15,000With Buyer's Premium
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    • Sale 2375 Lot 229

      MARTIN LEWIS
      The Equilibrists.

      Drypoint and aquatint, 1939. 252x402 mm; 9 7/8x15 7/8 inches, full margins. First state (of 2), before the reduction of the plate. One of only 5 artist's proofs from the edition of only 10 in this state. Signed and inscribed "trial proof" in pencil, lower margin. A superb impression of this extremely scarce print.

      After the first 10 printings, Lewis cut the plate into two pieces and reworked both as separate compositions. There is only one known impression of each of the two smaller second state plates: states IIA and IIB. The state IIB impression, which was taken from the right side of the plate, is in the collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts.

      We have not found another impression of the complete plate at auction in the past 30 years. McCarron 127.

      Estimate $4,000 - 6,000


      Price Realized (with Buyer's Premium) $15,000