Robert Rauschenberg, ‘"Hot 85", 1985, Rauschenberg's Homemade Hot Sauce Bottle, Signed/Dated,  UNIQUE’, 1985, VINCE fine arts/ephemera
Robert Rauschenberg, ‘"Hot 85", 1985, Rauschenberg's Homemade Hot Sauce Bottle, Signed/Dated,  UNIQUE’, 1985, VINCE fine arts/ephemera
Robert Rauschenberg, ‘"Hot 85", 1985, Rauschenberg's Homemade Hot Sauce Bottle, Signed/Dated,  UNIQUE’, 1985, VINCE fine arts/ephemera
Robert Rauschenberg, ‘"Hot 85", 1985, Rauschenberg's Homemade Hot Sauce Bottle, Signed/Dated,  UNIQUE’, 1985, VINCE fine arts/ephemera

"Hot 85", 1985, Rauschenberg's Homemade Hot Sauce Bottle, Signed/Dated on paper label affixed with scotch tape, UNIQUE, 5" inches tall.

"Rauschenberg, Johns, Warhol, Stella, the bunch of them. So it was a ...... spicy things. He would get the hottest kind of peppers and make these little killer hot sauces that."
Robert Rauschenberg Foundation- file, Jul 23, 2015.

These homemade (by Rauschenberg) hot sauces were Christmas gifts for close friends.
"Rauschenberg was not motivated by money, Hall says; he would open drawers in his beach house and find cheques for several thousand dollars. His Christmas gifts were mangoes or homemade hot sauce. “He had all these wonderful recipes that were never written down. It was just like him creating a piece of art: ‘Let me put a little of this in it and taste it. Uh, let’s try and correct it.’”

The Guardian, Nov. 19th 2016

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/nov/19/robert-rauschenberg-just-something-be-around

Signature: Signed & Dated.

Manufacturer: Artist

Private Collection of Jean Stein
Private Collection, NY

About Robert Rauschenberg

Robert Rauschenberg’s enthusiasm for popular culture and, with his contemporary Jasper Johns, his rejection of the angst and seriousness of the Abstract Expressionists led him to search for a new way of painting. A prolific innovator of techniques and mediums, he used unconventional art materials ranging from dirt and house paint to umbrellas and car tires. In the early 1950s, Rauschenberg was already gaining a reputation as the art world’s enfant terrible with works such as Erased de Kooning Drawing (1953), for which he requested a drawing (as well as permission) from Willem de Kooning, and proceeded to rub away the image until only ghostly marks remained on the paper. By 1954, Rauschenberg completed his first three-dimensional collage paintings—he called them Combines—in which he incorporated discarded materials and mundane objects to explore the intersection of art and life. “I think a picture is more like the real world when it’s made out of the real world,” he said. In 1964 he became the first American to win the International Grand Prize in Painting at the Venice Biennale. The 1/4 Mile or Two Furlong Piece (1981–98), a cumulative artwork, embodies his spirit of eclecticism, comprising a retrospective overview of his many discrete periods, including painting, fabric collage, sculptural components made from cardboard and scrap metal, as well as a variety of image transfer and printing methods.

American, 1925-2008, Port Arthur, Texas, based in New York and Captiva Island, Florida