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On offer is one of Shepard Fairey's most iconic and sought-after print sets of the Beatles. The set is comprised of four matching hand pulled prints with the images of Paul McCartney, John Lennon, and Ringo Star, and infamously the face of Andre the Giant replacing George Harrison's. Considered by many a holy grail, the set is perfect and displays a few of the printing irregularities that make hand pulled prints most exciting. The set is also one of the earliest examples of Fairey using photographs of well-known people and turning the medium into a subversive platform that makes us question our relation to media, advertisement, and the nature of fame. Fairey used pictures by John Kelly, which are shown here for reference only. The photos by John Kelly are not part of the auction.
The low print run of 56 for two of the Beatles makes a full set hard to assemble and not many have survived the punk rock years of early collectors intact.

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Provenance:
  • Private collection
  • Pickup Location: Massachusetts, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 24 x 18 in. (60.96 x 45.72 cm.)
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