Description

A numbered, limited edition silkscreen print of Ralph Steadman’s artwork for Hunter S. Thompson’s memorial service, autographed in the white margin in pencil by the VIP attendees.  This poster was originally sold to raise money for Hunter’s widow Anita Thompson.

The artwork is titled “Going Home” and the print is titled “Dr. Hunter S. Thompson Memorial Fist Print” (which is printed on the back).

Signed by:  Artist Ralph Steadman, Ed Bradley (60 CBS 60 minutes), Anita Thompson (HST’s wife), Johnny Depp (actor), Kurt Vonnegut (writer), Douglas Brinkley (writer), Deborah Fuller (HST’s assistant), Bill Murray (actor), Laila Nabulsi (HST’s ex girlfriend), Jann Wenner (Rolling Stone publisher), Bob Braudis (Pitkin County Sheriff, Aspen), and Juan Thompson (HST’s son).  It has HST’s personal Gonzo stamp.
It is also signed on the back by the printer Joe Petro III.

Hand printed for the occasion of the first memorial for HST, and signed in HST’s “War Room”, at Thompson’s Owl Farm in Woody Creek, Colorado and at the Jerome Hotel in Aspen, Colorado.

This print was produced in a numbered limited edition of 150.  This print is number 132 (#132/150).

Sold with Certificates of Authenticity from both The Autograph Source and independent third-party authenticator Beckett Authentication Services. 

Silkscreened in five colors and printed on Rising Stonehenge deckle edge paper in an edition of 150 copies. The print measures 22″ x 30″.

A copy of this serigraph is owned by the National Portrait Gallery, a division of the Smithsonian Institution, in Washington. Their copy can be viewed online. To quote from the Smithsonian’s description:

“In February 2005, Hunter S. Thompson, famous for over-the-top “gonzo” journalism and his unrestrained Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, committed suicide. Ralph Steadman, his illustrator-collaborator and friend, created this print, Gonzo Memorial, imagining Thompson’s funeral as a way to raise money to assist his widow. Here, Thompson is represented as a flying peacock wearing the writer’s signature hat while the ink-trailing creature in the foreground is a stand-in for Steadman. The two-thumbed fist, a personal logo for Thompson, tops the tower planned to launch his ashes into space.”

“Six months after Thompson’s death, his final wishes were realized in a private funeral at his home in Colorado, during which his remains were successfully launched from a “gonzo tower.” Below the print are signatures from Thompson’s wife and some of his friends,”