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Bidding now open for profit public sale of limited-edition Al Hirschfeld prints signed by the celebrities


Heritage Auctions, the world’s largest collectibles auctioneer, in the present day launched a web-based public sale of 21 limited-edition prints by acclaimed caricature artist Al Hirschfeld – signed by the enduring stage and display stars featured within the pictures – to learn Broadway Cares/Fairness Fights AIDS and the Al Hirschfeld Basis. Bidding closes on Sunday, November 20, when the winners will probably be introduced.

Al Hirschfeld, Betty Buckley in Cats, signed by Betty Buckley. Photograph courtesy of the Al Hirschfeld Basis.

The acclaimed performers who hand-signed the collectible prints this yr are Eileen Atkins, Betty Buckley, Cher, Michael Crawford, Clive Davis, Judi Dench, Michael Feinstein, Ellen Greene, Joel Gray, Harry Groener, Mark Hamill, Billy Joel, Nathan Lane, Jose Llana, Reba McEntire, Donna McKechnie, Ian McKellen, Ian McShane, Steve Martin, Mandy Patinkin, Bernadette Peters, Religion Prince, Chita Rivera, Lea Salonga, Martin Quick, Bruce Springsteen, and Meryl Streep.

“We’re delighted to companion with Broadway Cares and Heritage Auctions to convey these iconic prints to the general public,” mentioned David Leopold, the Artistic Director of the Al Hirschfeld Basis. “We now have obtained requests for years to have a few of these pictures be printed as prints. Having the performers, who felt honored to be drawn by The Line King, return the favor by signing these very restricted editions is a tribute to how a lot Hirschfeld and Broadway Cares means to this group.”

“All of us at Broadway Cares/Fairness Fights AIDS rely ourselves among the many legion of Al Hirschfeld followers,” famous Broadway Cares Government Director Tom Viola. “This distinctive collaboration with the Al Hirschfeld Basis in partnership with Heritage Auctions will assist guarantee much-needed well being care and medicine, nutritious meals, counseling and emergency help for these throughout the nation affected by HIV/AIDS, COVID-19 and different life-threatening sicknesses.”

Al Hirschfeld, Michael Crawford as The Phantom of the Opera, signed by Michael Crawford. Photograph courtesy of the Al Hirschfeld Basis.

Among the many signed and numbered heaps featured within the Hirschfeld public sale are:

A never-before-seen portrait of Michael Crawford because the titular character in The Phantom of the Opera, wearing hat and cape with the enduring masks in hand. The print is signed by Crawford, who received a Tony Award for originating the function;

a beforehand unseen privately commissioned piece that includes Grammy Award winner Billy Joel alongside the Gershwin brothers George and Ira. The giclée print is signed by Joel, a Tony Award winner for Movin’ Out;

and a scene from the Broadway revival of the Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical Flower Drum Track, the sketch of which was first printed in The New York Occasions on Sunday, October 13, 2002. Capturing Tony Award winner Lea Salonga, Jose Llana, and Sandra Allen performing the music “Fan Tan Fannie,” the print is signed by Salonga.

Al Hirschfeld, Flower Drum Track, signed by Lea Salonga. Photograph courtesy of the Al Hirschfeld Basis.

Hirschfeld’s drawings stand as one of the vital progressive efforts in establishing the visible language of contemporary artwork by caricature within the 20th century. A self-described “characterist,” Hirschfeld’s signature work, outlined by a linear calligraphic type, appeared in just about each main publication over 9 a long time (together with a 75-year relationship with The New York Occasions), in addition to quite a few e book and report covers and 15 postage stamps. The 2-time Tony Award recipient died on the age of 99, in 2003. To honor him, later that yr Broadway’s Martin Beck Theatre was renamed the Al Hirschfeld Theatre.

In line with Meagen McMillan, Heritage Auctions’ Senior Specialist in Illustration and American Artwork, “Hirschfeld’s physique of labor will be seen as an archive of American efficiency artwork of the 20th century. Whereas we now have all the time celebrated this graphic satirist at Heritage Auctions, we’re thrilled to be partnering with the Al Hirschfeld Basis and Broadway Cares/Fairness Fights AIDS to additional the Hirschfeld’s legacy of help and promotion of the dramatic arts.”

Every print has an estimated worth of $2500, with a gap bid of $525, plus an added 25% Purchaser’s Premium.

Hirschfeld Superstar Autograph Charity Public sale runs by Sunday, November 20, 2022, at Heritage Auctions. To view all of the heaps, and to submit your bid, go on-line.

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