Classic Pin-Up and Pulp artwork set for Heritage Auction
The first Heritage Auctions Illustration Sale will take place next month, with a total of 873 lots on offer.
The sale will cover everything from Pin-up, Paperback and Pulp artwork to advertising, original cartoon strips and children’s book illustrations.
“This is our first Illustration Art auction of 2012 and it’s shaping up to be superb,” commented Todd Hignite, Vice President at Heritage Auctions. “Just about every illustrator collectors could hope for is represented, from all genres and time periods. It’s a deep selection that should very much impress those who are passionate about the form.”
The auction will be highlighted by a selection of lots from the renowned Charles Martignette collection, which has provided Heritage with a wealth of material during the past three years. This includes Pin-up art from such notable names as Alberto Vargas, Earl Moran, George Petty, Enoch Bolles, Fritz Willis and Al Buell.
These will be joined by several iconic canvases by the king of Pin-Up art Gil Elvgren, whose work remains some of the most sought after in the genre.
Following these will be a wealth of Paperback and Pulp cover artwork from the Estate of John McLaughlin, including a pair of superb Weird Tales covers by Margaret Brundage both valued at $50,000+.
Magazine covers are represented by the most famous of all American illustrators, Norman Rockwell. His Saturday Evening Post cover ‘The Roadblock’ is estimated at $40,000+, and is joined by work by Amos Sewell, Dean Cornwell, James Montgomery Flagg, Haddon Sundblom, F.X. Leyendecker and Harvey Dunn.
Also included are several pieces from the fames New Yorker illustrator and creator of the Addams Family, Charles Addams, along with numerous examples of children’s book artwork new to the market.
The sale will take place at Heritage’s Beverly Hills showroom on March 1 – 2.