A lithograph of an original Jack Nicholson drawing of Hunter S. Thompson, signed in green felt tip marker and dated “05” by Jack Nicholson, who signed “J. Nicholson”.
We have one each of all three images that Nicholson drew of Hunter for thee memorial.
These three were signed in 2005 and given by Nicholson to a mutual friend of Nicholson and Hunter’s here in Aspen, Colorado after the memorial service. This is the first time that they have ever been sold.
In our research we have not been able to find ANY other examples of these lithographs being sold, and believe that these are the first ones to ever be offered. We do not know how many of these Jack made, but assume that it was only a few for close mutual friends of both Jack and Hunter.
Printed on heavy card-stock. Measures 5.5″ x 8.5″.
Museum quality frame included in price.
Sold with Certificates of Authenticity from both The Autograph Source and independent third-party authenticator Beckett Authentication Services.
The description below is from March 9, 2005 People Magazine:
Stars such as Jack Nicholson, Johnny Depp, John Cusack and Sean Penn turned out for the private memorial service of gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson last weekend — and Nicholson even paid tribute with his own hand-drawn portraits of the late writer.
In the sketches, photos of which were obtained by PEOPLE, Nicholson depicts Thompson with his trademark cigarette, cap and sunglasses, with quotes such as “All were not wrong” and “How’d ya like the elk heart.” (Thompson once famously delivered a bleeding elk heart to Nicholson’s house as a joke.)
Nicholson was among 150 of Thompson’s closest friends and family who gathered at Aspen’s Hotel Jerome on March 5 for the service. (Thompson committed suicide at his Colorado ranch Feb. 20.) Guests who spoke at the emotional, but often lighthearted, six-hour tribute included Depp, who played the writer in the movie version of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Cusack, Nicholson, Penn and Josh Hartnett.
“Bill Murray did a stand-up comedy routine,” says one guest, adding that tables in the ballroom were decorated with Mardi Gras beads, women’s underwear and tubes of red lipstick “to capture Hunter’s spirit.”
Later in the evening, guests were offered Jell-O shots spiked with gin. Explained one attendee: “The family wanted their guests to enjoy something Hunter enjoyed on a daily basis.”