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LeRoy Neiman Original Drawing, Eileen at '21' (Portrait of Eileen Ford)

LeRoy Neiman


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LeRoy Neiman (American, 1921–2012)
Eileen at '21' (Portrait of Eileen Ford) , 1978
Marker on original historic offset lithograph 21 Club menu (Framed) 
  • Overall Size: 14.25 x 11 in. (36.2 x 27.94 cm.)
  • Framed Size: 21 x 17.75 in. (53.34 x 45.08 cm.)

Unique Drawing

Signed, inscribed, dated and titled by LeRoy Neiman on recto; signed boldly in brown marker, dated 9-25-78, annotated, with title Eileen at "21", bearing unique dedication "With Love" and signed LeRoy Neiman. 
For offer here is a piece of New York art, fashion and restaurant history! It is a unique, original vintage drawing done in marker by legendary artist LeRoy Neiman - a portrait of the equally legendary Eileen Ford (founder of the Ford Modeling Agency). Neiman drew this picture on the printed menu of the no less legendary "21 Club" in New York City, where moguls, city power brokers, entertainment executives and literary, talent and fashion agents like Eileen Ford converged over lunch and drinks. 
The menu cover depicts some of the private dining rooms at 21 - "The Puncheon Room", "The Hunt Room" and the "Remington Room". 
Eileen Ford famously had her own table in one of these private rooms at the 21 Club for many years, where she held court with the most beautiful people in the fashion and advertising industry. She is depicted in this drawing accompanied by one of her models, being served by the well dressed waiter at 21. 

The drawing is hand titled Eileen at "21", and features the personal inscription and dedication "With Love, LeRoy Neiman". It is dated 9-25-78. 

The provenance of this work is superb: it was acquired directly from the Estate of Eileen Ford, and was part of Ms. Ford's private collection until she passed away. The vintage 21 off set lithographic menu alone, upon which Neiman created his drawing - is a collectors item. 

This is a one-of-a-kind piece of New York history, where the elites worlds of fashion, art, business and gastronomy converged, recalling the glamour of a bygone era. 
As seen in the images, the marker has faded over the years, and there is natural age and time fading - to be expected -- but it is otherwise in good to very good vintage condition. 

Best known for his brilliantly colored, stunningly energetic images of sporting events and leisure activities, LeRoy Neiman was probably one of the most popular and successful living artist in the United States before his passing in June 2012. He contributed some of his fortune to the founding of the LeRoy Neiman Center for print studies at Columbia University. 

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  LeRoy Neiman
Description signed Leroy Neiman (lower right), dated 5-67 (upper and lower right), inscribed Playboy M More ...
Medium ink and gouache on paper
Year of Work 1967
Size Height 12 in.; Width 12 in. 
Misc. Signed, Inscribed
Sale of Sotheby's New York: Friday, October 2, 2015 [Lot 00143]
American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture
Estimate 5,000 - 7,000 USD  
Sold For 16,250 USD Premium  


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  LeRoy Neiman
Title Femlin with Pearls
Description Ink on paper10 x 5.75 in. (sheet)Signed and dated lower center More ...
Medium ink on paper
Year of Work 1958
Size Height 10 in.; Width 5.8 in. / Height 25.4 cm.; Width 14.6 cm.
Misc. Signed
Sale of Heritage Auctions New York: Saturday, October 26, 2013 [Lot 78120]
Illustration Art Auction
Estimate 4,000 - 6,000 USD  
Sold For 17,500 USD Premium


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  LeRoy Neiman
Title Linda Entertaining, Playboy illustration
Description LEROY NEIMAN(American, b. 1926)Linda Entertaining, Playboy illustration< More ...
Medium pencil and watercolor on paper
Year of Work 1926
Size Height 16 in.; Width 19.5 in. / Height 40.6 cm.; Width 49.5 cm.
Misc. Signed
Sale of Heritage Auctions California: Thursday, April 11, 2013 [Lot 78155]
Signature Illustration Art Auction
Estimate 8,000 - 12,000 USD  
Sold For 10,000 USD Premium  
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  LeRoy Neiman
Title Gaslight Club
Description pencil and ink on papersigned Leroy Neiman and dated (lower right)13 1/2 x 21 5/8 More ...
Medium pencil and ink on paper
Year of Work 1957
Size Height 13.5 in.; Width 21.6 in. / Height 34.3 cm.; Width 54.9 cm.
Misc. Signed
Sale of Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: Thursday, December 12, 2013 [Lot 00137]
Modern and Contemporary Art
Estimate 5,000 - 7,000 USD  
Sold For 7,500 USD Premium  






Height:   21.75
Width:   17.75