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    Description

    ERNEST TINO TROVA (American, 1927-2009)
    Folding Man, 1969
    Solid brass hinged figure contained in Perspex box
    Folding man: 12-1/2 x 4-1/2 inches (31.8 x 11.4 cm)
    Box: 5 x 5 x 5 inches
    Published by Multiples, Inc., New York

    PROVENANCE:
    Property from the Collection of Drs. Betty Hosmer and Osman Mawardi, Cleveland
    Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Chicago, September 9, 2007 (lot 110)
    Private Collection, New York

    NOTE:
    "Ernest Trova, an artist whose signature creation, a gleaming humanoid known as "Falling Man," appeared in a series of sculptures and paintings and became a symbol of an imperfect humanity hurtling into the future. Trova was largely known as a sculptor, but his "Falling Man," a standard of Pop Art, began life as a painted figure, taking shape on his easel in the early 1960s. Faceless, armless, with a hint of a belly and, its name notwithstanding, of indeterminate sex, the figure struck a variety of poses, sometimes juxtaposed with other like figures, sometimes with mechanical appendages [as is the case with this lot.]" Bruce Weber, New York Times March 13, 2009

    His Falling Man became his trademark and Folding Man is certainly an historic and significant mechanical sculpture of what became his greatest icon, instantly recognizable by all.


    Condition Report*: Some light surface wear and occasional light to moderate scratches. Few small spots of oxidation near the hinges and clasp on the verso. Two small spots on the verso of the figure's ankle shows minor finish loss. Box with minor surface wear and occasional scratches. One piece of clear tape and minor adhesive to top of container on one side, where it meets the lid.
    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Some condition issues may not be noted in the condition report but are apparent in the provided photos which are considered part of the condition report. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    October, 2012
    23rd Tuesday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 5
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