Jun 20, 2024 10:00 EST

Stage & Screen

 
Lot 559
 

559

An original Al Hirschfeld depicting comedian Fred Allen

Estate / Collection: The Estate of Frances Hershkowitz

AL HIRSCHFELD

Fred Allen emerging from television with a dripping pen. Original ink on paper, signed lower left. 16 ½ x 15 inches. Framed. Some spotting, not examined out of frame.

Radio personality and comedian Fred Allen was a frequent subject for Al Hirschfeld before his death in 1956 at age 61. He was the host of the popular radio program The Fred Allen Show from 1932 to 1949 and gained popularity for his long running comedic feud with Jack Benny. Less known today, he was a favorite of President Roosevelt and influenced the next generation of comedians such as Johnny Carson. With his easily identifiable sunken eyes and serious scowl, he is featured in no less than ten Hirschfeld illustrations of the period and lends much depth of character to any Hirschfeld illustration. This image is published on the website of the Al Hirschfeld Foundation which reports it published in 1969 and provides the descriptor "Fred Allen on TV with arm and pen coming out. Used on letterhead." This is an unusually dynamic rendering by Hirschfeld. See: https://www.alhirschfeldfoundation.org/type/fred-allen

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Estate / Collection: The Estate of Frances Hershkowitz

AL HIRSCHFELD

Fred Allen emerging from television with a dripping pen. Original ink on paper, signed lower left. 16 ½ x 15 inches. Framed. Some spotting, not examined out of frame.

Radio personality and comedian Fred Allen was a frequent subject for Al Hirschfeld before his death in 1956 at age 61. He was the host of the popular radio program The Fred Allen Show from 1932 to 1949 and gained popularity for his long running comedic feud with Jack Benny. Less known today, he was a favorite of President Roosevelt and influenced the next generation of comedians such as Johnny Carson. With his easily identifiable sunken eyes and serious scowl, he is featured in no less than ten Hirschfeld illustrations of the period and lends much depth of character to any Hirschfeld illustration. This image is published on the website of the Al Hirschfeld Foundation which reports it published in 1969 and provides the descriptor "Fred Allen on TV with arm and pen coming out. Used on letterhead." This is an unusually dynamic rendering by Hirschfeld. See: https://www.alhirschfeldfoundation.org/type/fred-allen

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Auction: Stage & Screen, Jun 20, 2024

 

  • Popular Stage & Screen Auction on Thursday, June 20, 2024 at 10am

  • Memorabilia, Autographs, Artwork & Photographs of the Theater, Hollywood, Music and Dance

  • Consignments Are Currently Being Accepted for Future Auctions

NEW YORK, NY -- Doyle will host the popular Stage & Screen auction on Thursday, June 20, 2024 at 10am. Fans and collectors around the world will be delighted by the exciting offerings celebrating the performing arts of Theater, Hollywood, Music and Dance.

Highlights include:

  • The Collection of Mad Men Actor Bryan Batt (Sal Romano)
  • A rare example of the Viktor Schreckengost 'Jazz Bowl'
  • The master script for the stage direction of Pippin
  • A quotation from Over the Rainbow and a Judy Garland photo inscribed to Harold Arlen
  • Items signed by Elvis Presley and John Lennon
  • A Sandy Duncan Peter Pan costume
  • Al Hirschfeld illustrations and materials from the Harlem Renaissance
  • An early draft script of Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  • Early music items by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Puccini
  • Original costume designs for Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn by Edith Head

The Entertainment Community Fund
Recognizing the importance of the performing arts to the fabric of New York, Doyle is proud to donate 10% of our profit from this auction to the Entertainment Community Fund (formerly The Actors Fund), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Additionally, Doyle will donate 100% of the Buyer's Premium on lots 502, 506, 516, 525, 530, 534, 596 and 610 to the Fund. For further information on the Entertainment Community Fund, visit EntertainmentCommunity.org

The Collection of Stephen Sondheim
Exhibited concurrent with Stage & Screen on June 14 – 17 will be The Collection of Stephen Sondheim. Read More

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