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    Sale 2106

    Photographs

    14 October 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 280

    ROBERT FRANK (B. 1924)

    Covered car - Long Beach, California, 1956

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    Estimate

    ROBERT FRANK (B. 1924)
    Covered car - Long Beach, California, 1956
    gelatin silver print, printed 1970s
    signed, titled and dated in ink (in the margin); various annotations in ink (on the verso)
    8½ x 12 7/8in. (21.6 x 32.7cm.)


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    Pre-Lot Text

    A PRIVATE COLLECTION, TEXAS

    Car shrouded in fancy expensive designed tarpolian (I knew a truckdriver pronounced it 'tarpolian') to keep soots of no-soot Malibu from falling on new simonize job as owner who is a two-dollar-an-hour carpenter snoozes in house with wife and TV, all under palm trees for nothing, in the cemeterial California night, ag ack. JACK KEROUAC from his introduction to The Americans)


    Literature

    Frank, Les Américains, Delpire, 1958, [pl.34] p. 73; Frank, The Americans, Grove Press, 1959, [pl.34] n.p., and all subsequent editions; Rotzler, 'Robert Frank,' Du, vol. 22, no. 1, January 1962, p. 15; Greenough and Brookman, eds., Robert Frank: Moving Out, The National Gallery of Art, 1994, p. 187