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    John Dempsey Playboy Magazine January 1961 Issue Gag Cartoon Original Art (Playboy Enterprises, 1961). Dempsey, long a mainstay gagman for Playboy, prepared this hilarious, wordlessly eloquent, comedy-of-errors to mark the Christmas season of 1960. (The January 1961 issue would have arrived during November-December.) Seems somebody made a goof at the calendar-printing company, and two clients are none too pleased. Brilliant stuff here, with an unerring sense of color design to define the contrasting environments. Ink and opaque watercolors over graphite on Bristol board.As is typical, the watercolors have faded some with age, but in this case only about 10%-15%. Image area, 9.5" x 12", framed to 18.25" x 20.25". There is a slight wrinkle in the lower edge of the framing matte. Excellent condition.

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    I have done a preliminary analysis and the total of the hammer prices was $67,550. With BP, the final figure was $80,722.25. That is against the total insurance value of $34,785 or 2.32 x ‘pre-auction estimate’. Incredible, really, so a big thanks.
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