Lot 807: Incredibly desirable original self-portrait, watercolor on heavy canvas paper, 33.5 x 47.5, signed in the lower left corner, "MM." Matted and framed to an overall size of 45.25 x 55. In fine condition. Accompanied by an ALS from Manson, signed "MM," to "Mr. G," which reads, "Here's the teaser. I included an extra if you think Richard L. at Caa should see it. Make it rare and cherished. I want all of Hollywood to be frowning. Also a score-reel-copy if needed. A disc of art (not the layout) and a little retard-made book of prints. You can pass it around. You got the book of quotes. I have the other half of the script. The other disc is just for you." Also included is the hardbound book of prints mentioned in the letter, featuring a full-page image of the painted portrait, and other impressive examples of Manson's watercolor works.
Manson began taking an interest in watercolors in the late 1990s, and had his first solo exhibition, 'The Golden Age of Grotesque,' in 2002. This particular self-portrait, done in 1998 as a part of his Gray Series, was used on the cover for his 'Dope Show' single, which was nominated for a Grammy award in 1999. Manson's artwork has been featured in galleries and special exhibits around the world, and has become increasingly sought-after by contemporary art collectors. Provenance: Gerry Harrington. Oversized.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs & Artifacts
Friday, 23rd October 2015
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