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The Nina mystery

July 14, 2007 |  5:54 am

July 11, 1957
Los Angeles

Here's a vintage Al Hirschfeld drawing done for "The Pride and the Passion," starring Frank Sinatra, Sophia Loren and Cary Grant. Hirschfeld is famous not only for being a fabulous artist but for hiding the name of his daughter Nina (born in 1945) in his drawings. In later years, he placed a number next to his name so people would know how many "Ninas" there were, but since this is an earlier drawing, there's no number to guide us.

There is at least one "Nina" in this picture, but it's reversed. The question is whether Hirschfeld flopped the artwork before adding his name or hid the "Ninas" as mirror images. (This is the only flopped "Nina" I have ever seen).

The original

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The closeup

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The closeup flopped

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And the original flopped.

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Was Hirschfeld saying that Frank Sinatra had something up his sleeve? I wish we could ask him. Note that the caption doesn't even identify Hirschfeld but refers to him as "the artist."

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