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Book cover illustration art may draw $30,000

Did you know the enchanting images appearing on the cover of books in J.R.R. Tolkein's "Lord of the Ring" series is actually portions of a single illustration? Come May 12 Heritage Auctions will present the illustration, by artist Barbara Remington, to bidders.

DALLAS – A landmark illustration by artist Barbara Remington as a trio of Ballantine book covers in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings series, highlight the May 12 Heritage Auctions Illustration Arts Signature Auction in Dallas. The Lord of the Rings covers ($20,000-$30,000) lay side-by-side to create a panoramic scene. A hugely popular poster titled “Wilderness” was also produced using this iconic image.

Enchanting Illustrations Sure to Appeal to Bidders

Remington illustrations "Lord of the Rings"

Three Barbara Remington illustrations for a trio of Ballantine book covers for J.R.R. Tolkien’s "Lord of the Rings" series, $20,000-$30,000. (All photos courtesy of Heritage Auctions)

“Categories such as Pulp, Pin-Up and Commercial Advertisement are seeing dramatic increases in demand and in value. Some of the most sought after artists such as Remington, Roger Hane and Mort Künstler who illustrated covers for Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, and some of the most sought after adventure magazines are offered in this auction,” said Ed Jaster, Senior Vice President at Heritage Auctions.

All seven Chronicles of Narnia book cover illustrations by Hane will be offered during the auction. Beginning with The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe ($5,000-$7,000) illustration, which was the most popular novel of the seven written, by C.S. Lewis.

A preliminary illustration from the 1979 Disney sci-fi classic movie The Black Hole ($10,000-$15,000), painted by Robert McCall is also available.

Vintage Magazine Illustrations Make Plentiful Appearance

Künstler, one of the most prolific adventure magazine illustrators often on the cover of Stag, For Men Only, and True Action, is offering 30 works from his personal collection including Contraband Blonde, Stag magazine cover, April 1960, ($3,000-$5,000), Renegade Sea Nymph and her Crew of Strange Castaways, True Action magazine cover, February 1963, ($3,000-$5,000), Captured by the Chief, Stag magazine cover, February 1967, ($2,000-$3,000) and Night of the Grizzlies, For Men Only magazine, March 1970 ($2,000-$3,000) as well as many more examples.

Patrick Nagel, Joan Collins, #411, 1982, ($50,000-$70,000)

Garth Williams, He Let Go of the Wheel for a Second and Did a Little Dance on the Slopping Deck ($10,000-$15,000)
John Conrad Berkey, The Towering Inferno, movie concept art, 1974 ($8,000-$12,000)
A Charles Samuel Addams, Skier, New Yorker magazine cartoon, 1949 ($6,000-$8,000)

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