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  • Provenance

    i) ii) Private Collection
    Sotheby's, Olympia, 24 June 2004, lot 468
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

    iii) Private Collection
    Sotheby's, Olympia, 24 June 2004, lot 469
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Literature

    i) Gilbert & George 1968-1980, exh. cat., Kunsthalle Düsseldorf; Kunsthalle Bern, Centre National d'Art and the Culture Georges Pompidou, Paris, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, 1980, p. 102 (another edition illustrated)
    Hans Ubrich Obrist and Inigo Philbrick, eds., Gilbert & George Art Titles 1969-2010 In Alphabetical Order, Cologne, 2011, p. 32 (another edition illustrated)
    ii) Gilbert & George 1968-1980, exh. cat., Kunsthalle Düsseldorf; Kunsthalle Bern, Centre National d'Art and the Culture Georges Pompidou, Paris, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, 1980, pp. 27, 128-129, 313 (another edition illustrated, p. 128)
    Wolf Jahn, Die Kunst Von Gilbert & George, Stuttgart, 1989, p. 119 (another edition illustrated)
    Hans Ubrich Obrist and Inigo Philbrick, eds., Gilbert & George Art Titles 1969-2010 In Alphabetical Order, Cologne, 2011, p. 76 (another edition cited)
    iii) Gilbert & George 1968-1980, exh. cat., Kunsthalle Düsseldorf; Kunsthalle Bern, Centre National d'Art and the Culture Georges Pompidou, Paris, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, 1980, pp. 176-177, 313 (another edition illustrated, p. 176)
    Wolf Jahn, Die Kunst Von Gilbert & George, Stuttgart, 1989, pp. 159, 184, 520 (another edition illustrated, p. 184)
    Hans Ubrich Obrist and Inigo Philbrick, eds., Gilbert & George Art Titles 1969-2010 In Alphabetical Order, Cologne, 2011, p. 76 (another edition cited)

233

Lot offered with No Reserve

Three works: i) Gentlemen (Postal Sculpture); ii) Eight part Postal Sculpture: Pink Elephants; iii) Eight part Postal Sculpture: Red Boxers

i) signed by the artists, postal stamped and inscribed 'George Gilbert Mr Robin Crozier 5 B Tunstall Vale Sunderland County Durham.' on the reverse
ii) in eight parts: each envelope postal stamped, stamped with the title and inscribed 'PINK ELEPHANTS Robin Crozier 5B Tunstall Vale Sunderland County Durham.' on the front; the final envelope postal stamped, stamped with the title and inscribed 'LAST OF THE PINK ELEPHANTS Robin Crozier 5 B Tunstall Vale Sunderland County Durham.' on the front; further stamped with the artist's initials 'GG' on the reverse;
each greeting card signed by the artists 'George Gilbert' on the inside
iii) in eight parts: each envelope postal stamped, stamped with the title and inscribed 'RED BOXERS Mr Robin Crozier 5b. Tunstall Vale Sunderland County Durham.' on the front; the final envelope postal stamped, stamped with the title and inscribed 'THE LAST OF THE RED BOXERS Mr Robin Crozier 5b. Tunstall Vale Sunderland County Durham.' on the front; further stamped with the artist's studio stamp on the reverse;
each greeting card signed by the artists 'George Gilbert' on the inside

i) postcard
ii) set of eight lithographic greetings cards with envelopes, published by Art for All, London
iii) set of eight greetings cards on wove card with envelopes, published by Art for All, London

i) 13.9 x 8.9 cm (5 1/2 x 3 1/2 in.)
ii) each envelope 13.3 x 20.7 cm (5 1/4 x 8 1/8 in.) each folded greetings card: 20.2 x 12.7 cm (7 7/8 x 5 in.)
iii) each envelope 13.4 x 21 cm (5 1/4 x 8 1/4 in.) each folded greetings card: 20.4 x 12.9 cm (8 x 5 1/8 in.)

i) Executed in 1972, from the unknown edition size.
ii) Executed in 1973, from the unknown edition size.
iii) Executed in 1975, from the unknown edition size.

Estimate
£2,000 - 3,000 • ♠

Sold for £3,500

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London Auction 11 April 2019