Gil Elvgren dominates with "Fire Belle" in $3.725+ million event at Heritage Auctions Howard Chandler Christy’s Nymphs in Summer sells for $179,250, sets record for artist; Alberto Vargas, Jessie Willcox-Smith, Edward Runci all perform well in Oct. 22 New York auction
As part of the auction, the special stand alone catalog devoted to The Comic Art of Playboy: Over Five Decades of Illustration and Cartoons offered collectors a rare opportunity to acquire artwork directly from the famed publication’s archives, and many jumped at the opportunity. Among the highlights of the grouping was Harvey Kurtzman and Will Elder’s Little Annie Fanny: Lost At Sea, complete five-page Playboy story, September 1964, that brought $21,510.
The always popular genres of pulp magazine and paperback book cover art also continued their admirable performances of late, with H.J. Ward’s Two Blues Please, Tattle Tales pulp cover, from The Estate of Charles Martignette, realizing a solid $22,705 price, while a great 1950s movie poster painting, Reynold Brown’s Love-Slaves of the Amazons, original movie poster illustration, 1957, followed close behind with a $19,120 final price.
Further highlights include, but are not limited to:
Jessie Willcox Smith, Little Girl with Irises, Good Housekeeping cover, June 1930: Realized: $71,700.
Earl Moran, A Run on Sugar: From the Estate of Charles Martignette. Realized: $53,775.
Joseph Christian Leyendecker, The Rescue of Gismonda, interior story illustration, 1906: From the Estate of Charles Martignette. Realized: $41,825.
Amos Sewell, The Audience, Saturday Evening Post cover, July 28, 1956: Realized: $26,290.
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