Laura Levine

Laura Levine

The Collyer Brothers

This limited edition archival pigment ink print is printed on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag 308 gsm 100% cotton rag paper, signed and numbered by the artist in pencil.

Edition Size: 50
Paper Size: 24" x 18"
Image Size: 22" x 11"
Price: $750. plus $35. U.S. shipping/handling (foreign shipments please contact us first for shipping cost)

Like many New Yorkers, I grew up fascinated by the legend of Homer and Langley Collyer, the reclusive hoarders who were tragically crushed under their 136-ton accumulation of booby-trapped "collectibles" in the 1940s. As a child, my mother warned me that I might end up like one of the Collyer Brothers if I didn't clean up my room. (Did I listen? Read on.....).

Over the years I grew more obsessed with their story, and in 2001 I spent several months researching, writing and painting this piece, a diptych on an antique blanket chest cover. The original painting is not for sale, but due to many requests, I have decided to produce a limited edition print.

As far as my mother's warnings...did I listen? Well, fourteen years ago I opened my own "shrine to clutter," a seven-room packed-to-the-rafters vintage junk and oddities shop in Phoenicia, NY, named for my inspiration, Homer & Langley's Mystery Spot Antiques.
• 24 X 18