|Actor & Artist Peter Falk - Lt. Columbo|
|Peter Falk Self-Portrait Drawing | Lot 18125|
The amazing story of how the consignor came in to owning this collection and her thoughts about Peter Falk and her responsibility to this collection of drawings:
|Peter Falk Drawing - Study of a Woman | Lot 18121|
While working in my studio he made or received phone calls from, I believe, his agent. During the phone conversations he made notations and drawings on the newsprint pads he was using for the model. The drawings may be described as doodles and the notations include phone numbers, names and rating comparisons related to Columbo for NBC, ABC and CBS. After many years 'Columbo' was just coming back into production and rehearsal. For purposes of authenticity this is remarkably fortunate because his notations establish Peter Falk's handwriting and provide an amazing connection between the actual production of Columbo and his art.
The Studios of Carnegie Hall were an historic haven for creative talent until recently when all the artist/ tenants were forced to leave. A film released just this past May 20th titled 'Lost Bohemia' chronicles this event and delves into the many famous artists and dancers who had their studios there. I believe Peter Falk was aware of Carnegie Hall's legendary artist's studios and wanted to experience its energy. I am so fortunate to have been a part of such a magical community and environment. The background - 'provenance' - of how the Peter Falk drawings came to be also brings to light the rich creative history of Carnegie Hall. And it includes the historic Art Students League - both further establishing Peter Falk as a fine artist.
The emergence of so many iconic entities: Peter Falk, Columbo, The Art Students League and Carnegie Hall I believe make this collection of beautiful figurative gesture drawings extraordinary and significant.
I've had the drawings for 21 years and only brought them out to show family members on the 4th of July. The reaction and opinions that followed were so enthusiastic it was overwhelming. I was urged to be pro-active about something I had never even thought of and it led me to Manor Auctions and my first conversation with the team there.
It was a privilege to work alongside Peter Falk and to bear witness to his incredible dedication and talent. I truly feel I have been entrusted by the late legendary actor and artist to do the right thing. I feel confident that Manor Auctions shares that same sentiment - and will bring Peter Falk's drawings to the public in their best light".
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