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    Shel Silverstein (American, 1932-1999)
    Self Portrait with Guitar (double-sided)
    Ink on paper
    18-3/4 x 13-1/4 inches (47.6 x 33.7 cm) (sheet)
    Signed lower right

    This self portrait features the artist with his guitar. Shel Silverstein was an accomplished guitarist and song writer. He won a grammy for his work, A Boy Named Sue performed by Johnny Cash.

    These illustrations were a gifted by the artist to the present owner's father during his internship at Playboy magazine during the 1970s. Many images are studies or quick sketches similar to those published within the magazine during Silverstein's column which ran for over 40 years.

    More information about Shel Silverstein, also known as Silverstein, Shel, .

    Condition Report*: Not framed. Sheet is loose. 5 inch crease that stretches through the top of the guitar in the upper right corner. Several other scattered handling creases. 1 inch tear on the extreme left edge. Two 1/2 inch tears along the bottom edge. Mild foxing.
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    Auction Dates
    April, 2021
    30th Friday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 6
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