Jerry Weist’s pin-up art collection heads to Heritage

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Jerry Weist’s pin-up art collection heads to Heritage

Jerry Weist’s pin-up art collection heads to Heritage

18 Jun 2012, 09:45 GMT+01

A treasure trove of science fiction, pulp and pin-up artwork will head to auction at Heritage later this month, headlined by the renowned collection of the comic book pioneer Jerry Weist.

Weist, who passed away in 2011, served as Sotheby’s comic book consultant for 11 years, and was instrumental in developing the high-end auction market for comics. The founder of one of America’s first dedicated comic book stores in 1971, Weist worked with luminaries such as Jerry Seigel, Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Ray Bradbury to sell their personal collections and was also a noted author and collector himself.

“This is our second special auction from the estate of the pioneering collector, publisher, historian and scholar Jerry Weist,” said Vice President of Heritage Auctions Todd Hignite, “who many of us had the pleasure to also name as a good friend.”

Highlights from Weist’s remarkable collection include Michael Whelan’s 1990 cover artwork for ‘Descent, The Martian Chronicles’ by Ray Bradbury, and Frank R. Paul’s August 1930 ‘Wonder Stories’ cover, both valued at $10,000+.

Elsewhere in the sale, a superb selection of pin-up artwork from the Estate of Charles Martignette includes work by the king of the genre Gil Elvgren. The group of paintings, which are described as “among the nicest Heritage has ever offered”, features ‘Up in the Air (Whooooooosh!)’ and ‘Skirting the Issue (Breezing Up)’ – both appearing with estimates of $30,000+.

Other notable names to feature in the auction include Norman Rockwell, Alberto Vargas, James Montgomery Flagg, Charles Gates Sheldon, Charles Addams and Maurice Sendak – with sketches from his children’s classic ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ expected to draw serious attention from collectors.

The two –day sale is scheduled for June 27-28, and takes place in Beverly Hills.

 

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