Released in 1997, this was the first in the now legendary “Hartmann Trilogy.” Unsurprisingly, it sold out on the day of release and has remained in constant demand on the secondary market ever since.
Legend has it that the moment a Russian pilot saw the Bf109 with the distinctive Black Tulip painted on the nose, he would know who the pilot was and radio his colleagues with a warning that the world’s most-feared fighter Ace was on the warpath and their best chance of survival was to depart the scene quickly and without contest. That Ace was, of course, Erich Hartmann who, in just over 2½ years, scored 352 aerial victories to easily become the top-scoring Ace in history. It is a feat unlikely to be replicated.
Robert Taylor’s portrayal of this legendary Pilot depicts the 7 August 1943 as the Ace scores the first of seven victories in a day.
THE LIMITED EDITION
Joining artist Robert Taylor in signing every print in this edition is this legendary Luftwaffe Ace:
Oberst ERICH HARTMANN – KC WITH OAK LEAVES, SWORDS AND DIAMONDS
THE 1200 VICTORY EDITION
Every print in this superb edition is individually signed by Erich Hartmann and in paying tribute to the greatest Ace of them all, has also been signed by a glittering array of top-scoring Aces that include such legendary names as Adolf Dickfeld (136 victories), Peter Duttmann (152 victories), Walter Krupinski (197 victories), Gunther Rall (275 victories) and Walter Wolfrum (137 victories). Authenticating perhaps the most unique collection of Aces’ signatures ever published, they amassed 1276 victories between them:
Oberst ADOLF DICKFELD KC WITH OAK LEAVES
Generalleutnant WALTER KRUPINSKI KC WITH OAK LEAVES
Generalleutnant GÜNTHER RALL KC WITH OAK LEAVES AND SWORDS
Oberleutnant KURT SCHADE
Oberleutnant WALTER WOLFRUM KC
Leutnant PETER DÜTTMANN KC
THE 1500 VICTORY EDITION
With all signatures of the 1200 Victory Edition, this truly amazing edition has been additionally signed by two highly sought-after JG-52 Aces Alfred Grislawski (133 victories) and Hartmann’s early mentor “Paule” Rossmann (93 victories), giving this edition an unparalleled number of over 1,500 victories on a single edition. Simply astonishing:
Hauptmann ALFRED GRISLAWSKI KC WITH OAK LEAVES
Leutnant EDMUND “PAULE” ROSSMANN KC
THE GICLÉE STUDIO PROOFS ON CANVAS
Using the most sophisticated digital Giclée technology, each Canvas Proof is printed directly on to fine canvas creating the look and feel of an original painting. Each canvas is fully authorized and personally signed by the artist, stamped on the back, hand numbered and titled.
Studio Proof stretched size: 36” wide x 24” high
Each Giclée Studio Proof of Sting of the Black Tulip is issued with a copy of a classic photograph of Erich Hartmann which has been conservation matted to include the rare and highly collectible ORIGINAL signature of Erich Hartmann, and a museum quality reproduction Luftwaffe Fighter Pilot’s clasp.