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    Robert Mapplethorpe (American, 1946-1989)
    Roger Koch, 1983
    Gelatin silver
    19-1/4 x 15-1/8 inches (48.9 x 38.4 cm)
    Signed and dated in ink, verso.

    From the current owner:

    Roger Koch 1948 -1991

    Roger and Robert were both city boys...Roger from Brooklyn, Robert from Queens. Their lives crossed paths in Manhattan in the early 80's thru mutual friends and similar interests. Roger was a body builder, personal trainer, model and sometimes performer. He was for example, the executioner in Zeffirelli's production of Turandot.

    Around 1983, Robert was enamored with body builders and went to many of the competitions in NYC. He saw Roger, Lisa Lyons, Lydia Cheng, as well as many of the other body builders he photographed.

    At the time of this portrait, Roger and Robert had a fascination with androgyny. For Roger, it was a spoof on female body builders in the very early days of the sport. "Roger in Fishnets", sold by Heritage in May 2015, was a perfect example from that series. They enjoyed this collaboration and Robert chose eleven photos that he printed himself and gave to Roger. Some were more classical, a torso, just legs... but only one was a true portrait. This portrait was a special gift and is the only one signed "For Roger". It captures the spirit of a beautiful person.

    Tragically both Roger and Robert passed away at the age of 42.
    Gift of the artist to Roger Koch, 1983;
    Gift of Roger Koch to current owner, 1991.

    More information about Robert Mapplethorpe, also known as Mapplethorpe, Robert, Robert Mapplethorpe.

    Condition Report*: Overall very good condition. Some scattered dots of accretion, some matte, some yellowed, primarily visible under raking light. A smudge at the center of right edge, visible under raking light. Slight creasing to the margins, not visible in the current framing. Sheet measures 19 3/5 by 15 3/4 inches. Framed under glass to 22 by 18 inches.
    *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. Heritage does not guarantee the condition of frames and shall not be liable for any damage/scratches to frames, glass/acrylic coverings, original boxes, display accessories, or art that has slipped in frames. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

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    Auction Dates
    April, 2021
    12th Monday
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