Thrupiece Cover Breaks Sales Record
Sothebones, New York
An original sketch of Professor Brian Thrupiece travelling on the New York Metro, which adorned the front of The New Yorker in November 2004 has sold for $50,000 breaking the record both for a New Yorker cover and for a Thrupiece representation other than by the Professor himself.
The work by famed New York caricaturist Carrie Kattur-Wrist was formerly the property of the late Julia Macy-Bloomingdale, widow and fourth wife of Milton Macy-Bloomingdale III, who died in the company of her Secretary and Person Fitness Advisor - Tadzio - last year. Julia's daughter Helen-Maria Gucci-Prado-Sacks of Fifth Avenue put the picture up for sale to pay for the heavy legal expenses incurred as a result of her divorce from husband and New York socialite Giuliano di Palma Gucci-Prado-Sacks also of Fifth Avenue. She was reportedly delighted that the picture had sold for such a surprising sum: "I am delighted that the picture sold for such a surprising sum", she said. "it's really surprising and we are all - well - just surprised ... and delighted of course" "Thank God I got the picture when I divorced the bastard", she added with a strangely immobile rictus grin. (Mrs Gucci-Prado-Sacks has recently returned from Geneva where she allegedly "had work done".)
So why did the modest sketch attract such ferocious bidding? Sothebones expert Graeme Sothebones-Expert believes it's a combination of a unique subject and an unusually fine drawing. "I believe it's a combination of a unique subject and an unusually fine drawing" he told the Press after the auction. "New Yorker" originals normally fetch up to $20,000 depending on artist and subject, but there's always a premium with Thrupieces - the last one (which features the Professor exiting the New York subway) sold in London in 2010 for more than £12. I guess given the subway connection this makes them a pair and buyers - especially male buyers - can't resist a good pair."
The original sketch which provided the front cover of The New Yorker in November 2004 has sold at Sothebones, New York for $50,000