HR GIGER, Li I, 1974, Photogravure, hand colored, 27.5" x 39.5" inches  
(70 x 100cm), Signed, Edition of 170 + XX AP
One of H.R. Giger's most well known images, Li I, was created with the 
airbrush, acrylic on paper, like most of Giger's original paintings. However, it is 
a little-known fact that the original painting was destroyed by Li, shortly 
after it was finished. She tore it in four pieces, saying to Giger, "You made me 
ugly!" Giger's masterpiece survives, intact, only in the 170 photogravures 
which were published in 1978, and the Li I edition is the only one Giger ever 
produced using the photogravure technique. All 170 of the prints in the edition 
can be considered "originals" because Giger reworked every one of them with 
his airbrush, to strengthen the all the white highlights. To this date, the 
original painting has never been restored. This true story is hinted at in the 
book, H.R. GIGER'S NECRONOMICON.Compare the description of Li I on page #30 with any of the other descriptions of Giger's airbrush paintings in the book. All 
the other original paintings are described as being acrylic on paper on wood, 
but the Li I original is the only one described as a photogravure. 
The edition has been sold out since 1983. This print was offered for 
exhibition and sale by one of Giger's early collectors.
PRICE: $300,000.00 US