Pin-Up Artwork Leads Heritage Illustration Sale



2015-09-16 14:18:59

Original artwork by the likes of Patrick Nagel, Gil Elvgren and Leroy Neiman will lead the forthcoming Heritage Auctions Illustration Art Signature Auction next month.

The sale in New York on October 14 will offer a wealth of Pin-Up and Science Fiction art, alongside everything from children's book illustrations to pulp magazine covers.

Amongst the top lots will be Patrick Nagel's 1984 work Lady Standing on Statue of Liberty, expected to sell for $70,000+.

"Nagel is an artist whose popularity and market continue to soar, and this painting amply demonstrates why," said Ed Jaster, Senior Vice President at Heritage Auctions. "Nagel created it for his last major gallery show in New York. As an homage to The City, he has the subject leaning on the ironwork from the Statue of Liberty's torch."

Further highlights from the celebrated former Playboy artist include the original works Pin-Up with her Hair Up and Great Dame.
As ever, the work of Gil Elvgren the King of the Pin-Up, features heavily in the sale. His 1962 illustration Bear Facts (A Modest Look; Bearback Rider), originally created for a Brown & Bigelow calendar, has been described as "an absolute masterpiece" and is estimated at $100,000+.

"This painting is so beloved among Elvgren's body of work that it was reproduced as the dust jacket cover for an edition of the definitive volume Gil Elvgren All His Glamorous American Pin-Ups by Charles G. Martignette and Louis K. Meisel," said Todd Hignite, Vice President at Heritage Auctions. "It has also been reproduced scores of time. It really doesn't get much better than this."

Further top lots include the 1970 Leroy Neiman painting Some Sun Fun, estimated at $30,000+, George Rozen oil on canvas The Blackmail Ring, from the August 1932 cover of The Shadow magazine, estimated at $10,000+; and an illustration from Ludwig Bemelmans' Madeline in London, circa 1960-61, valued at $12,000+.

The auction also includes a special section dedicated to the renowned Frank Collection of Science Fiction & Fantasy Art.


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