Details & Cataloguing

Collection Marianne et Pierre Nahon - Day Sale


Marcel Duchamp
1887 - 1968
two original versions of a sound recording: one analog spool-tape encased in a black cardboard box and one aluminium musical stamper
Conceived and recorded circa 1950, this work executed circa 1967-1968.
This work is recorded in the archives of the Association Marcel Duchamp, under the number 50-67.6540S.
signed (on the inside lid of the carboard box)
musical stamper (diameter): 19,2 cm; 7 1/2 in. box: 13,3 x 13,3 cm; 5 1/4 x 5 1/4 in.; tape reel (diameter): 12,7 cm; 5 in.; total length of recording: 5,59 minutes.
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William C. Copley, New York
Yves Arman, New York
Acquired from the above


New York, Gallery Yves Arman; Paris, Galerie Beaubourg; Geneva, Galerie Bonnier, Marcel Duchamp, Plays and Wins, 13 March-28 April 1984, November-December 1984 & March-April 1985
New York, Galerie Achim Moeller, Marcel Duchamp, The Art of Making Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, 2 October 1999-15 January 2000; catalogue, no. 55, p. 28, illustrated


Arturo Schwarz, The Complete Works of Marcel Duchamp, Revised and Expanded Edition, vol. II, New York, 1997, no. 654, pp. 886-887

Catalogue Note

According to Arturo Schwarz, the present recording of texts was made at an amusement booth around 1950. It is an extraordinary anthology of the texts Duchamp thought most meaningful and includes the full text of Morceaux Moisis / Written Wrotten of 1940; aphorisms and puns from the first postcard in Rendez-vous du Dimanche 6 février, 1916; and Notes 98, 99 and 97 and excerpts from Notes 36 and 124 in Notes and Projects published in Mariée Mise à Nu par ses Célibataires Même / The Green Box of 1934.

These recordings are sold as is, in their current state of conservation. Any sound copyrights remain the property of the Estate of Marcel Duchamp and will not be transferred to the purchaser.

Collection Marianne et Pierre Nahon - Day Sale