Friday, May 24, 2024

Reginald Marsh: Fifth Avenue, No. 1

Reginald Marsh's Fifth Avenue, No. 1 is a colorful tempera on masonite painting from 1938. It has two figures, one of whom is only a mannequin in a shop window. Formerly sold at Christie's New York in 2008, it was offered by Heritage Auctions on May 15 where it did not receive any bids. It was given an estimate of $120,000 to $180,000 and is available for the next four days as a post-auction buy for $125,000 including the 25% buyer's premium, although possibly a lower offer might be accepted.

Reginald Marsh
Heritage Auctions listing of May 15, 2024

Reginald Marsh
Heritage Auctions item description of May 15, 2024

Reginald Marsh
Heritage Auctions condition report of May 15, 2024


Thursday, May 23, 2024

The Tilley Titleist Golf Ball

I generally do not frequent the fairways, but if Titleist should ever reissue its golf balls featuring The New Yorker's monocled mascot Eustace Tilley, I might have to reconsider. A single such golf ball changed hands last month on eBay. It dates, per the seller, from the late 1970s to the early '80s. While evidently mass-produced, Tilley Titleists now appear to be extremely scarce. Whatever number of them may at one time have been manufactured, it's just possible that the majority of them today are submerged in water hazards.

The New Yorker Titleist
eBay listing accessed April 28, 2024

The New Yorker Titleist golf ball
eBay item description

Sold for a best offer of $6.99

Note:  I'd love to hear from readers who might be in possession of additional information about these rare New Yorker golf collectibles.

The present owner of this golf ball received it under mysterious circumstances, which you can read all about here.


Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Joseph Mirachi Goes Deep

Original art by Joseph Mirachi for a 1954 New Yorker cartoon requires no caption. It was offered for sale on eBay in 2017 where it received only one bid. It originally came from the estate of Christian Buchheit, who had served for half a century as building superintendent at the Art Students League in New York.
Joseph Mirachi
Original art

The New Yorker, November 6, 1954, page 151


Joseph Mirachi's signature

Joseph Mirachi
eBay listing ended February 19, 2017

Joseph Mirachi
eBay item description

Joseph Mirachi
eBay Bid History
One bid in the final two minutes is sometimes all it takes.

Joseph Mirachi
Original art

The New Yorker, November 6, 1954, p. 151

Joseph Mirachi
The New Yorker, November 6, 1954, p. 151

With a drawing by Joseph Mirachi
The New Yorker, November 6, 1954, pp. 150-151

Note:  As you may know by now, I like to post original art by New Yorker artists including Joseph Mirachi. Images of such are sought after for future posts here on the blog.

Back in the day, Christian Buchheit received a great sendoff from the Art Students League at which he received works from a number of artists. Another of these pieces, by the irreverent Otto Soglow, may be found in the archives here.


Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Erik Drooker: The Signed Limited Edition of L

Eric Drooker's L (1990) was self-published in a limited edition of 1000. The title refers to the New York City's L train. Copy no. 14, signed and numbered, turned up last month on AbeBooks listed by Long Brothers Fine & Rare Books of Seattle. It's still available at the time of this posting.

Eric Drooker
AbeBooks listing accessed April 21, 2024

Eric Drooker
AbeBooks item description


Monday, May 20, 2024

My Entry in The New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest #897

A man takes his piggy bank for a walk in The New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest #897 from the issue of May 20, 2024. A neighbor comments. My caption is shown below. The drawing is by Kaamran Hafeez.

"So money does walk."

These captions couldn't keep up.
"I hear he no longer keeps it all in his mattress."
"He leaves his wallet at home."
"Every day he brings home the bacon."
"Let's see him try to do that with bitcoin."
"He's my landlord but I don't pay him directly."
"He's always out of step with the market."
"Don't be fooled into offering it a treat."
"They say he's well off, but he never spends anything."
"I see why he had to fire all the previous walkers."
"No wonder he ignores his family."
"He's not at all concerned about interest rates."


Sunday, May 19, 2024

My Entries in the Moment Cartoon Caption Contest for Spring 2024

Moment magazine's Cartoon Caption Contest for the Spring 2024 issue depicts an obese pharaoh of ancient Egypt visiting the doctor's office. My four captions are shown below, the last being a rewrite of the first. I think the third is the best. The drawing is by Benjamin Schwartz.

“You’ll have to fix your food pyramid.”
"Spend more time walking like an Egyptian."
"I never thought YOU would overindulge in matzo."
"Rebuild that food pyramid."


Saturday, May 18, 2024

Peter Arno: All Aboard the Elevator

A classic cartoon by The New Yorker's Peter Arno was sold on eBay this past Sunday:
"I told you we should have given them something for Christmas."
Peter Arno
Original art
The New Yorker,
 January 1, 1938, p. 16

True, we don't usually see manually-operated elevators these days, but they were once commonplace in New York apartment buildings. Arno extracts an awful lot of physical humor from the situation. Contrast the couple's awkwardness with the upright posture of the elevator operator.
"I told you we should have given them something for Christmas."
Peter Arno
Original art
The New Yorker,
 January 1, 1938, p. 16

Each of Arno's faces adds to the comedy.

The typed caption is affixed to the art, a no-no. The word told isn't even underlined.

Peter Arno's signature

Evidently the frame is not perfect.

Peter Arno
eBay listing ended May 12, 2024

Peter Arno
eBay item description

"I told you we should have given them something for Christmas."
Peter Arno
The New Yorker,
 January 1, 1938, p. 16

"I told you we should have given them something for Christmas."
Peter Arno
Original art
The New Yorker, January 1, 1938, p. 16

With a cartoon by Peter Arno and a spot drawing by Susanne Suba
A copy of this issue offered on Amazon clearly shows the cartoon to be on page 14, not 16. If the photograph looks familiar, it's because the seller used a lower-resolution version of this image as the final one in the listing. This magazine listed on Amazon is no doubt one of the regional variants lacking some of the pages in the New York metropolitan edition which the magazine kept as file copies.

In addition, the cartoon was collected in Peter Arno's Cartoon Revue (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1941), Cartoon Cavalcade (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1943), The Penguin Peter Arno (Penguin, 1949, 1957), and no doubt elsewhere.
Peter Arno's Cartoon Revue (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1941)

Craven, Thomas, ed. Cartoon Cavalcade (Chicago: Consolidated Book Publishers, 1945 edition)

The Penguin Peter Arno (Penguin, 1957)

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Spot of a woman unbuttoning by a mirror
Susanne Suba
The New Yorker, January 1, 1938, p. 17

Note:  Original cartoon art by Peter Arno comes to eBay only when it is changing hands. We can enjoy even more Arno originals here when generous collectors choose to share their art virtually here. You may take that as a hint. Thank you, and don't forget to tip your blogger.