Ward illustration for Spicy Adventure Stories brings $62,500

 

Hugh Joseph Ward illustration for Spicy Adventure StoriesHeritage Auction Galleries set a record March 1, 2012 for illustration artist Hugh Joseph Ward (American, 1909-1945). The 30-by-21-inch oil on canvas is the original illustration for the April 1937 Spicy Adventure Stories pulp magazine.

With slight condition issues, including a re-lined canvas, scattered minor abrasions on the extreme edges and minor points of in-painting on the upper background, the final price of $62,500 (including buyer’s premium) doubled its estimate of $25,000 to $35,000.

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