OZ MAIL ORDER HONEYBUNCH KAMINSKI.
OZ MAIL ORDER HONEYBUNCH KAMINSKI.
OZ MAIL ORDER HONEYBUNCH KAMINSKI.
OZ MAIL ORDER HONEYBUNCH KAMINSKI.
OZ MAIL ORDER HONEYBUNCH KAMINSKI.
OZ MAIL ORDER HONEYBUNCH KAMINSKI.

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OZ MAIL ORDER HONEYBUNCH KAMINSKI.

An original hand-painted plaster model of Honeybunch Kaminski, Robert Crumb's idealised fantasy of a young woman as fetishised object, rendered here in three dimensions as a fetishistic object for Oz mail order. The sculpture was made by Phelan Black, with models cast from the original mould in plaster of Paris and hand-painted by him (this example is in black, red, yellow and white). It stands seven inches tall, including the plinth, three inches wide, and weighs almost 900g.


The Honeybunch model - "What a little yummy" - was first advertised for sale exclusively via Oz mail order in Oz #43 (July 1972), priced at £1.35. Originally available in a combination of five different colours, this example is thought to be the only one made in black flesh tones, a choice Crumb would likely have approved of. In addition, this unique version bears a hand-painted inscription from the sculptor on the rear of the plinth: "Merry Crumblebunch to all at Oz phelan". The other three sides of the plinth bear the painted inscription: "Merry/ Christabunch/ Love Phelan". Phelan Black also helped create the giant papier-mâché Honeybunch Kaminski for the Oz Obscenity march past the Old Bailey on the opening day of the trial in June 1971.


Only one other surviving example of a Honeybunch model, in pink flesh tones, is known to exist by this cataloguer. Some loss of paint to the left arm and a few sporadic paint chips, otherwise in Very Good condition. Provenance: Bruce Sawford ('The Oz Mail Order King').

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