A Look Inside the Catalogue
Estimate $6,000 to $9,000.
This sale features new-to-market works by Charles Addams consigned by the Tee & Charles Addams Foundation, including a cartoon depicting the entire Addams Family, and a 1957 cover for The New Yorker.
Highlights from a private collection include nostalgia-inducing works by some of the most celebrated American illustrators, among them McClelland Barclay, Orson Lowell, Norman Price, Howard Pyle, Everett Shinn and Leslie Thrasher. The group features a wide range of Saturday Evening Post covers and story illustrations.
Left, Lot 57: McClelland Barclay, Couple Wearing Snowshoes, oil on canvas, cover illustration for The Country Gentleman magazine, February 1930. Estimate $4,000 to $6,000.
Lot 93: Edward Gorey, The Worsted Monster, ink and watercolor with collage, cover art for an unrealized work,
circa 1950. Estimate $8,000 to $12,000.
The sale also showcases the largest selection of works by Edward Gorey ever to come to market. Of the 12 works by the beloved master of the macabre, there are costume and set designs, as well as numerous trial and published illustrations for book covers, which include Chance, a Novel by Joseph Conrad and Cobweb Castle.
Lot 101: Edward Gorey, Skeletons and Hiding Figures, pen and ink, circa 1980s. Estimate $8,000 to $12,000.
Left, Lot 182: James Bama, cover illustration for For Men Only magazine, published March 1959. Estimate $2,000 to $3,000.
Right, Lot 188: Raphael Desoto, As They Leapt Off the Page, oil on canvas, circa 1933. Estimate $3,000 to $4,000.
As always, the sale boasts a large section of Man-cave-iana, including works by Mort Künstler and James Bama. Many charged pulp works from 1940s and 1950s men's adventure magazines feature damsels in distress, saloon shoot-outs, and men on the lam. This section includes a presumed early pulp cover by Rafael DeSoto.
Al Hirschfeld, pen and ink drawings of Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's, 1997. Left to Right, Lot 227: With large hat and sunglasses, Lot 228: With Tiara and Cigarette, Lot 226: With Schraffts bag and croissant. Each estimated at $7,000 to $10,000.
Lot 237: Charles M. Schulz, early "Peanuts" comic, pen and ink, published 1957. Estimate $6,000 to $9,000.
Following record-setting results in September, this sale will feature a 1933 cover for Harper’s Bazaar by graphic artist Erté, as well as a preliminary Vogue cover by Georges Lepape, 1919. As demand continues to grow for works by Aubrey Beardsley, we are pleased to offer two more ornaments from Le Morte d'Arthur.
Right, Lot 85: Erté, Sports d'Hiver, gouache, cover illustration for Harper's Bazaar, February 1933. Estimate $8,000 to $12,000.
Left, Lot 27: Ludwig Bemelmans, "He said – 'let's play a game of tag' and let a cat out of the bag."
featuring Madeline's friend Pepito, pen, ink, graphite and watercolor, 1957. Estimate $7,000 to $10,000.
Right, Lot 31: Jean de Brunhoff, Le Roi Babar, ink and watercolor, cover illustration for first French Edition
of the third Babar book, 1933. Estimate $20,000 to $30,000.Also in the sale are two original works by Ludwig Bemelmans. One, published in Madeline and the Bad Hat, is titled "He said–let's play a game of tag and let the cat out of the bag," 1956. The other is a sketch for Madeline in London, featuring a double-decker bus touring the Royal Exchange, circa 1961. Beloved children's book author and illustrator Dr. Seuss is represented in the sale as well with early cartoons and drawings.
Lot 241: Dr. Seuss [Theodor Geisel], A Gentle Sport, Forsooth, published in Judge Magazine,
April 14, 1929. Estimate $8,000 to $12,000.
For more information on the sale contact a Specialist in the Illustration Art Department.
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