My Father’s Last Cigarette
Cigarette, crystal resin, black granite, wood
Boxed - 22 x 24 x 4 cm
Granite - 18.5 x 18.5 x 3.5 cm
Collection - Ron Huebner Archives

“This was the last cigarette of my father, Eric Huebner. It was the last of all cigarettes he consumed over a 49 year period. For me this piece is priceless, however in having to put a price on it for the context of this exposition, I valued it at ten cents a cigarette for approximately every cigarette he ever smoked. The work is intended as an actual token and symbolic gesture of value in all aspects / the extreme noted quantity and actual, overall that derives from such a life consumption / factors that all play a role in this work. The last cigarette is mythological and thus what contributed a lot to his death and his life. It remains as a souvenir taken from one person's life journey. It is a juxtapositioning of the value of a man's life to the value of the overall expense of smoking.” * RH

*catalogue excerpt from Christie's Amsterdam 'SOLD' Exhibition and Auction, October 2002 curated by the Jim Beard Gallery, Amsterdam.