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    Sale 7570

    Old Master, Modern and Contemporary Prints

    2 April 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 155

    Marcel Duchamp (1875-1963)

    de ou Marcel Duchamp ou Rrose Sélavy (La boîte), Paris, 1958 (Schwarz 484)

    Price Realised  


    Marcel Duchamp (1875-1963)
    de ou Marcel Duchamp ou Rrose Sélavy (La boîte), Paris, 1958 (Schwarz 484)
    the portfolio, 1958, containing 67 miniature replicas and reproductions in black and white and in colours, mounted on and contained in the original cardboard, paper, wood and linen box, plus the folder with the Arsenserg Collection label, 1958, Series C (of G), missing No.48 Handmade Stereopticon Slide (S. 380), from the edition of thirty, some general fading and wear and tear as is usual, otherwise in very good condition, within the original grey cloth-covered wood valise
    400 x 375 x 90 mm. (overall)

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    Duchamp considered this his very own 'Portable Museum' - a compendium 'of approximately all the things I produced' which had preoccupied him during much of the 1930s and which he continued to reproduce in a series of differing versions until his death in 1968. Consisting of sixty-eight miniature replicas of his most important works, all painstakingly reproduced and carefully assembled into a briefcase-sized box, La boîte expresses a typically whimsical and Duchampian take on the nature and comparative value of the work of art, the museum and the multiple all rolled into one.

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    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that this portfolio is complete and is not missing S. 380 as stated in the catalogue.

    Consequently the estimate has been raised from 15,000-20,000 GBP to 20,000-30,000 GBP.