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November 28, 2006 | CHARLESTON, SC, Nov. 28, 2006 -- MEDIA ALERT -- After winning an e-Bay auction of TV satirist Stephen Colbert’s portrait-in-a-portrait, the owners of Sticky Fingers RibHouse plan a public unveiling in their historic downtown restaurant.

For a fitting tribute to the star of Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” and one of the city’s most famous natives, Sticky Fingers has invited The Gibbes Museum of Art to consult on the hanging.

“The Gibbes Museum of Art has collected portraits of famous Charlestonians for 150 years, so we know how to display portraits of this magnitude. We’re honored to consult on the appropriate way to showcase the Colbert portrait –and the portrait within the portrait,” said executive director Todd Smith.

The picture, which previously hung above the fireplace on the show’s set, depicts a debonair Colbert standing in front of a similar portrait of himself. “The Colbert Report” sold the piece on e-Bay to benefit Save the Children.

Since announcing the purchase, hundreds of “Colbert Report” fans and Sticky Fingers customers have inquired when they can view the original work. Sticky Fingers owners purchased the portrait to invest in a great cause while doing something fun for employees and customers.

Colbert was so excited the portrait would be hanging at Sticky Fingers in his "hometown of Charleston, where everyone's nicer,” he featured Sticky Fingers not once but twice on his show earlier this month.

Sticky Fingers will loan the portrait to The Gibbes Museum of Art Dec. 16 (Community Day) and again Jan. 16-31 during restaurant remodeling.

- Grand unveiling of “Colbert Report” portrait

- Co-founder Chad Walldorf and Gibbes’ Todd Smith on significance of bringing famous work to Charleston and impact on local restaurant

- Dozens of Sticky Fingers customers and “Colbert Report” fans awaiting unveiling, admiring portrait while dining on ribs, pulled pork

THURS., NOV. 30 – 11 am

Sticky Fingers – 235 Meeting St., Downtown Charleston

(843) 853-7427 or