PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. -- The recent passing of comedian Bob Hope, just two months after his 100th birthday, brings attention to a unique edition of hand-signed lithographs of Hope by another recently departed legend, Al Hirschfeld, who produced drawings of American theater for the New York Times for over 70 years.
When Hirschfeld died earlier this year on Jan. 20, just a few months shy of his 100th birthday, he left behind a collection of several thousand drawings and prints celebrating a select fraternity of great legends of stage and screen.
One aspect of this collection is the Al Hirschfeld Signatures Series, published through Hirschfeld's representatives by David Hakan in 1996. The series consists of four double-signed editions, each featuring one of four celebrities, including Bob Hope, Jack Lemmon, Carol Channing and David Copperfield. Each lithograph was pulled on Arches paper measuring 20 by 16 inches and comes with two certificates of authenticity; one verifying Hirschfeld s art and signature and the second verifying the celebrities' signatures. Since the series was published, more than half the editions have been acquired by collectors and values have steadily risen. …