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    Sale 1912

    Rock And Pop Memorabilia

    30 November 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 57

    The Grateful Dead

    Price Realised  

    The Grateful Dead
    The Card Game,
    signed, colored pencil drawing by John Van Hamersveld recreated on the back cover of the Grateful Dead's 1974 album Skeletons From The Closet. 20 x 25 in. (50.8 x 63.5 cm.), framed.


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    The drawing is a parody that shows Marlon Brando as "Johnny", the character he portrayed in the movie The Wild One, dressed in motorcycle gear with a burger, fries, beverage and bottle of ketchup in front of him. Next to Brando is a man resembling Jesus Christ, dressed in a green cap and gown with a globe in front of him. On the far right is Caesar Romero dressed in a western outfit and hat. The three are seated at a table in a diner playing cards. In the background are futuristic buildings, a car and flying saucer. All production numbers and markings are left intact and the work is signed by the artist on the lower right.