Auction of the Week: Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art Sale, June 5, 2018



2018-05-30 14:02:31

This week's features auction is the Swann Auction Galleries Illustration Art Sale, which takes place in New York on June 5. From penguins and Peanuts to outlaws and bombers, here are a few of our favorite lots on offer.

Collier's 'Wanted: The Man Without A Face' artwork by Richard Stone

Estimate $600 - $900

This original artwork by New York illustrator Richard Stone is entitled 'One of New York's most-sought men, the mad bomb maker still moves about freely planting his dread packages.'

The artwork was published in Collier's magazine on February 3, 1956, as part of Joseph Carter's feature story 'Wanted: The Man Without A Face', which detailed the crimes of New York's infamous 'Mad Bomber'.

The following year George Peter Metesky was identified as the bomber and apprehended, following a 16-year crime spree which saw him plant over 30 home-made bombs across the city, injuring 15 people.

'Powder Burn' cover artwork by Morton Engle

Estimate $800 - $1,200

This dramatic image of an Old West gunslinger was created by book illustrator Morton Engle.

Entitled 'The most dangerous man that ever rode into Tombstone', the painting dates from 1957 and featured on the cover of the pulp paperback novel 'Powder Burn' by Bradford Scott.

Blazing Saddles poster artwork by Rick Meyerowitz

Estimate $4,000 - $6,000

This original artwork was created for the overseas poster for Mel Brooks' classic 1974 comedy Western Blazing Saddles.

The drawing is the work of renowned illustrator Rick Meyerowitz, who made his name as a contributing artist for National Lampoon magazine throughout the 1970s, and famously created the iconic movie poster for the 1978 hit comedy Animal House.

Hart, Schaffner & Marx advert by Samuel Nelson Abbott

Estimate $7,000 - $10,000

This original painting was created by Samuel Nelson Abbott, a successful American commercial artist whose works graced the covers of magazines such as the Saturday Evening Post and Ladie's Home Journal.

He was also a long-time advertising artist for the menswear company Hart, Schaffner & Marx, and produced this advert entitled 'At the Train Station' for the Saturday Evening Post in 1922.

The advert featured the original lines "Good overcoats save your money. You'll pay more for a good one than a poor one; but it will cost less. The saving is in the service, not in the price. Be sure that this name is in it: Hart, Schaffner & Marx."

Ladies of the Gothics cover artwork by Edward Gorey

$5,000 - $7,500

This original book cover art is the work of the celebrated artist Edward Gorey, renowned for his dark and humorous cartoon strips and illustrations.

'Ladies of the Gothics: Tales of Romance and Terror By the Gentle Sex ' was a series of anthology books by Janet Helen "Seon" Givens and Mona "Gogo" Givens, who collected and published weird, gothic and supernatural tales written by female authors.

Gorey was the natural choice for the anthologies, and created eight covers for books in the 20-volume series, including this example published by Lothrop, Lee & Shepard in 1975.

A Wonder Book for Girls and Boys original illustration by Arthur Rackham

Estimate $10,000 - $15,000

The original artwork is by English illustrator Arthur Rackham, regarded as one of the leading figures of the 'Golden Age' of British book illustration prior to WWI.

Rackham found international acclaim for his fantasy illustrations, including special editions of J.M.Barrie's Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens and Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift.

His work was exhibited in the Louvre in Paris, and he was awarded a gold medal at the Milan International Exhibition in 1906.

This illustration depicts Danaƫ and the Infant Perseus, and featured in Nathaniel Hawthorne's retelling of Greek mythology 'A Wonder Book for Girls and Boys', published in 1922.

The New Yorker Penguin Convention cover artwork by Charles Addams

Estimate $15,000 - $25,000

This humorous illustration entitled 'Penguin Convention' is the work of Charles Addams, the celebrated artist and creator of The Addams Family.

The illustration was originally published on the cover of The New Yorker magazine on September 12, 1977.

Peanuts comic strip by Charles Schulz

Estimate $20,000 - $30,000

This original Charles Schulz Peanuts comic strip was first published in newspapers across the U.S on January 18, 1970.

Entitled "Do you like Beethoven?", the strip features Lucy and Frieda listening to Schroeder play the piano. It was later acquired directly from Schulz by orchestra conductor Maurice Peress, who exhibited it at the Nelson-Atkins Art Museum during the Kansas City Philharmonic's 1978 Beethoven Festival.

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