Fantasy Shopping Spree
Master illustrations come to auction
We’re fans of auctions because you can get great loot--sometimes even at great prices. Plus, we like the thrill of the chase. And we’ve just caught the scent of an auction that promises to include real scores.
Today and tomorrow, we’re attending the viewing hours for a unique assortment of illustrations that are hitting the block this Wednesday and Thursday at Beverly Hills–based Heritage Auctions. Work on view includes pinup art by masters Gil Elvgren and Alberto Vargas, as well as magazine cover, story and advertising art from the golden age of American illustration (roughly the 1880s until World War II).
We’ve also got our eye on some especially charming illustrations from Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are.
Finally, the growing number of fantasy-fiction readers among us will love the personal collection of Jerry Weist, author of Ray Bradbury: An Illustrated Life and many other publications. The scholarly fanboy’s collection highlights include rare and valuable pulp covers like Frank R. Paul’s Wonder Stories, August 1930 and the famous acrylic painting Descent, The Martian Chronicles cover by Michael Whelan--both predicted to go for more than $10,000.
As Martian Chronicles author Bradbury (like Sendak) passed away this year, we anticipate a special poignancy about this auction. We’ll be raising our paddles in tribute.
Heritage Auctions, 9478 W. Olympic Blvd., Beverly Hills; 800-872-6467 or fineart.ha.com