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    Description

    Irving Penn (American, 1917-2009)
    Dusek Brothers, New York, 1948
    Gelatin silver
    6-3/4 x 8-3/4 inches (17.3 x 22.4 cm)
    Signed, dated, and inscribed in ink mount recto; stamped with the 'Condé Nast Publications, Inc.' copyright and the photographer's stamp mount verso.

    NOTE:
    This lot is accompanied by an original printing plate, as well a copy of the July 1948 issue of Vogue magazine, in which a variant of this image is published on page 59.

    PROVENANCE:
    Gift from Irving Penn to Wally Dusek and by decent to the current owner.

    This photograph comes from the estate of professional wrestler Wally Dusek whose real name was Charles Staten (1909-1991) and shows "The Dusek Riot Squad" from left to right - Emil, Ernie, Rudy and Wally.
    The well-known Irving Penn photograph of the Dusek brothers was published in the July 1948 issue of Vogue magazine with the caption "Wrestling on Television: The Dusek Brothers. Wrestling is television's stand-by - whenever there's no better card. Because N.Y.C. has more video screens than any other city, it sees more of the Dusek Brothers."

    The Irving Penn Foundation had no record of this variant and speculated that it could have been just a single print made and given as a gift.




    Condition Report*: Dry mounted to 15 x 11 inches; not framed; there appear to be tiny edge chips, notably along the right edge; some small dots of possible surface grime along the lower edge under raking light; there appears to be some faint crinkling to the lower right corner as well as some scattered hairline indents visible under raking light; some silver mirroring is also apparent; the mount has some general wear along the corners and edges, with time staining and discoloration.
    *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.

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    October, 2016
    27th Thursday
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