A bevy of fresh-to-market pin-up discoveries – including the 1961 classicCharming (Charming Trick), a Brown & Bigelow calendar illustration by the legendary Gil Elvgren (est. $50,000-$70,000) highlights Heritage Auctions’Illustration Art Auction April 26. The nearly 450-lot auction in Dallas offers a stunning collection of newly-discovered artworks from the Golden Period of American Illustration art.
In addition to the stunning Elvgren, examples include a stunning group of single-owner, never before offered artworks by Patrick Nagel, led byFemale in Profile (est. $70,000-$90,000) and a newly discovered trove of pulp magazine covers by the great Norman Saunders will make its auction debut April 26, including the pulse-pounding The Corpse that Murdered, the original cover art for the June 1938 edition of Secret Agent X ($12,000-$18,000).
More great pin-up includes an original interior illustration for Playboy titled Please Don’t Peek Until I Finish Dressing by Alberto Vargas, the king of pin-up art, was first published in September 1962 (est. $30,000-$40,000), and a Figured to Win, a 1941 Brown & Bigelow calendar illustration by master Rolf Armstrong is accompanied by a rare, framed collage of twenty-one photographs of the artist and model, Jewel Flowers, creating this work at the artist’s studio in Marblehead, Massachusetts (est. $30,000-$50,000).
An array of science-fiction art spanning the 20th century includes Howard V. Brown’s Lost City of Mars, form the February 1934 edition of Amazing Stories (est. $20,000-$30,000) and Straight Wall and Birt Crater, 1961 illustration by Chesley Bonestell, originally published in the future-forward hardcover book “Man and the Moon” (est. $8,000-$12,000).
A newly discovered trove of pulp magazine covers by the great Norman Saunders will make its auction debutApril 26, including the pulse-pounding The Corpse that Murdered, the original cover art for the June 1938 edition of Secret Agent X ($12,000-$18,000).
An emotion-packed paperback cover illustration titled Love Trap by James Avati (est. $6,000-$8,000) highlights a group of original paperback cover art.