Illustration Art Recap

5 Mar

2012 March 1-2 Illustration Art Signature Auction- Beverly Hills

Illustration Art soars again, with a spectacular first sale of the season.  Congratulations to Ed Jaster and Todd Hignite for a job well done on a marathon two-day sale in Beverly Hills.  The sale totaled just over $3million, almost doubling the pre-sale low estimate of the sale.  Pin-Ups ruled the sale, taking 8 of the top 10 lots.

857 of 872 lots sold
96% by value
98% by lot

The top lot of the sale was none other than Gil Elvgren’s Vision of Beauty (Unveiling), which zoomed past its estimate of $50,000-75,000 to a final selling price of $140,500.  Known for his sassy pin-ups in a variety of undress, complete nudes by the artist are rare, and collectors took note.

Other highlights include:

Charles Addams’ Sad Movie, New Yorker magazine cartoon illustration, sold for $40,625. A world record for the artist!



Hugh Ward’s Spicy Adventure Stories cover illustration from April 1937, sold for $62,500.





And my favorite Elvgren, Let’s Eat Out, sold for $104,500.





Of the ones to watch – here are the results:

Hannes Bok’s Hocus Pocus Universe, Science Stories digest cover from October 1953, sold for $21,250.  Not too shabby for a piece estimated to sell between $3000 and $5000.




Joseph Leyendecker’s Kuppenheimer Good Clothes (Banjo Player), sold for $33,750.  The cover lot. It sold just over the low estimate of $30,000.  I honestly thought it would do much better.  The colors and design are so vibrant and classic.



And Norman Rockwell’s preliminary drawing for The Roadblock, sold for $32,500 – just under the low estimate of $40,000.  A great piece, and a good price, but I think we were hoping it would be more appealing to collectors than it actually was.


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