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The legendary epitome of modern satirical art,
Kurt Westergaard’s Original Muhammed Cartoon – now up for sale!

Join us online at www.kwicons.com where you can register as bidder for the upcoming art event of the year. The auction site is now open for registration.

The sale of Kurt Westergaard’s original Muhammed drawing is a once in a lifetime event for elite collectors and art enthusiasts worldwide. This well-known satirical piece, which sparked diplomatic turbulence and is still the cause of controversy in global political debate due to its unapologetically blunt nature, represents the essence of rarity and historical significance in the world of modern art. Even if the drawing was originally intended to be nothing more than an everyday occurrence in a Danish newspaper.

It is not only a momentous statement of satirical art, but also stands as a beacon of light for the right to artistic freedom – and to freedom of speech in an increasingly unfree world. The drawing, with its blend of artistry and political commentary, continues to spark conversation, making it a valuable piece for collectors interested in the intersection between art and politics.

This auction is a rare opportunity for connoisseurs and aficionados from all over the world to invest in an extraordinary item with an unparalleled background, which would be the highlight of any art collection – and to become the custodian of a pivotal piece of modern political history. This original and iconic drawing, which Westergaard chose to keep in his private collection in 2005, is now on the market for the first time, along with other significant and iconic works of art. The world’s probably most famous drawing is for sale at www.kwicons.com beginning on Tuesday the 20th of February and ending on Wednesday the 13th of March.

Please note – All works are stored in a secured bank vault !

Erik Guldager
Kurt Westergaards gallerist since 2008

Why five original versions?

Kurt Westergaard’s world-famous drawing from 2005, known as the Muhammad drawing, was originally produced just hours before the newspaper’s deadline. Actually, Kurt had been so busy during those days that the drawing for the article had been forgotten. In one of the toilets at Jyllands-Posten, Kurt met the editor-in-chief, who reminded him of the drawing for the article about Muhammad’s many faces and that the deadline was the same day!

Kurt washed his hands and thought about it for a while as he tore a few pieces of paper from the holder to dry his hands. He then took another piece of paper out of the machine, went into his study, and made a quick ink sketch. This sketch would later turn into one of the best-known in history and perhaps the most important satirical drawing ever made.

The following day, when Kurt eventually began working on it, he quickly had a special drawing in mind. A drawing that he first made in 1994 (OMT 1/1) for Frederikshavn Kunstmuseum & Exlibrissamling. This drawing he had later used in slightly different forms in other contexts. The inspiration came from Oehlenschläger’s tale of Aladdin, who as we know ends up in the fortunate situation of having an orange in his turban, but here portrayed in the unfortunate situation of having a bomb instead.

Everything that was black in the drawing was done with ink and it only took a few minutes. Afterwards Kurt did what the often did, when he was satisfied with a drawing, which was to go out to the copier and make a few copies for further processing – in this case five copies – and then he went back to work on the final expression.

The nearly finished drawing was then coloured with three specific colours, which are known to me, but which are kept secret to avoid copies. Finally, the spark was added to the fuse. The whole thing took about half an hour!

I inspected the drawing carefully already in 2009 and quickly noticed that there were clear ripples – especially on the beard – but also on the rest of the drawing. Ripples which I mistakenly first assumed were pixelations.

”Well”, Kurt said with a smile. “That’s because sometimes we illustrators need to get things done in a hurry due to so-called deadlines, so actually the lower part was made on paper from Jyllands-Postens toilet.”

We deliberately chose not to make this known to the public as we found that not everyone could handle what can aptly be described as strongly blasphemous or dark humor and certain people would certainly not understand what others would find deeply comical. But loosely interpreted the Muhammad drawing was originally based on toilet paper (a napkin) from Jyllands-Posten, making it a bit more blasphemic, albeit unintentionally.

The ripples that can be seen lengthwise across the works are thus not pixelations but the structure of the napkin which, like with a piece of paper towel, is slightly wavy to provide better absorbency.

The Muhammad drawing is considered by many to be more known to more people in the world than any other drawing just as it is the drawing that has gained the highest degree of recognition the fastest.

The drawing has gained enormous influence and symbolic value to millions of people. It has been shown in several versions in newspapers, magazines, and journals all over the world, often in enlarged or reduced form. But until now, never in the original size and colour – and now it is for sale for the first time in history.

The picture to the left shows another work done by Kurt Westergaard, where several original versions have been produced, based on a girl at a birdcage.

The estimated condition of the works

All works at the auction have been carefully examined and estimated by at least two experts, who have subsequently categorized them according to the condition of the work. The category appears just above the estimated price. Most works have been categorized as 10 = M.

In general, KWICONS.COM does to conduct sales or auctions of items categorized as 6 = VG or less.

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Why five original versions?

Kurt Westergaard’s world-famous drawing from 2005, known as the Muhammad drawing, was originally produced just hours before the newspaper’s deadline. Actually, Kurt had been so busy during those days that the drawing for the article had been forgotten. In one of the toilets at Jyllands-Posten, Kurt met the editor-in-chief, who reminded him of the drawing for the article about Muhammad’s many faces and that the deadline was the same day!

Kurt washed his hands and thought about it for a while as he tore a few pieces of paper from the holder to dry his hands. He then took another piece of paper out of the machine, went into his study, and made a quick ink sketch. This sketch would later turn into one of the best-known in history and perhaps the most important satirical drawing ever made.

The following day, when Kurt eventually began working on it, he quickly had a special drawing in mind. A drawing that he first made in 1994 (OMT 1/1) for Frederikshavn Kunstmuseum & Exlibrissamling. This drawing he had later used in slightly different forms in other contexts. The inspiration came from Oehlenschläger’s tale of Aladdin, who as we know ends up in the fortunate situation of having an orange in his turban, but here portrayed in the unfortunate situation of having a bomb instead.

Everything that was black in the drawing was done with ink and it only took a few minutes. Afterwards Kurt did what the often did, when he was satisfied with a drawing, which was to go out to the copier and make a few copies for further processing – in this case five copies – and then he went back to work on the final expression.

The nearly finished drawing was then coloured with three specific colours, which are known to me, but which are kept secret to avoid copies. Finally, the spark was added to the fuse. The whole thing took about half an hour!

I inspected the drawing carefully already in 2009 and quickly noticed that there were clear ripples – especially on the beard – but also on the rest of the drawing. Ripples which I mistakenly first assumed were pixelations.

”Well”, Kurt said with a smile. “That’s because sometimes we illustrators need to get things done in a hurry due to so-called deadlines, so actually the lower part was made on paper from Jyllands-Postens toilet.”

We deliberately chose not to make this known to the public as we found that not everyone could handle what can aptly be described as strongly blasphemous or dark humor and certain people would certainly not understand what others would find deeply comical. But loosely interpreted the Muhammad drawing was originally based on toilet paper (a napkin) from Jyllands-Posten, making it a bit more blasphemic, albeit unintentionally.

The ripples that can be seen lengthwise across the works are thus not pixelations but the structure of the napkin which, like with a piece of paper towel, is slightly wavy to provide better absorbency.

The Muhammad drawing is considered by many to be more known to more people in the world than any other drawing just as it is the drawing that has gained the highest degree of recognition the fastest.

The drawing has gained enormous influence and symbolic value to millions of people. It has been shown in several versions in newspapers, magazines, and journals all over the world, often in enlarged or reduced form. But until now, never in the original size and colour – and now it is for sale for the first time in history.

The picture to the left shows another work done by Kurt Westergaard, where several original versions have been produced, based on a girl at a birdcage.