Giant auction of mid-century magazine illustration in Beverly Hills


Heritage Auction Galleries is previewing paintings from "the epic Charles Martignette Estate," which will be sold at auction on Thursday, May 6 in Beverly Hills, CA.

The current bid on Gil Elvgren's 1962 Bear Facts (above) is $100,000 (not including the 19.5% buyer's premium). There are also paintings by Rockwell, Petty, Finlay, Bolles, St. John, Vargas, Leyendecker, and Frazetta.

Lot viewing is available Monday, May 3 through Wednesday, May 5, 10am-5pm PT.

2010 May Signature Illustration Art Auction - Beverly Hills, CA. 



    1. is… is that bear giving me a sexy come hither look?

      It doesn’t help that it’s dressed like a whore.

  1. If you hate Coca-Cola, buy.
    Still can’t find Norman Rockwell’s farner/wife nudging painting back to Cowgirl on post. Did Rockwell collect calendars from others?

  2. I like trying to guess which blogger posted before opening the quick link in Yahoo! Got this one.

    @dross1260 I gotta say that I like Coke, but my soft drink preferences have nothing to do with the fact that I cannot outbid $100,000. Maybe I could bid for an illustration off a toothpick box for $36.99. Plus buyer’s premium, of course. Cash or cashier’s check only.

  3. Charles Martignette had good taste. He collected what he liked instead of what was fashionable.

  4. I love that the auction house boasts that it’s “the world’s third largest auction house.” Third largest? Geez.

  5. An ex-girlfriend’s mom gave me a large (11″x17″?) print of this as a gift. I framed it and hung it in my room(s) during high school and college.

    I now wonder
    a) where is it?
    b) is it at my parents house?
    c) is it worth a fraction of $100k? :)

    Probably not, but I’d like it back to hang in my ::cough:: mancave :::cough::: (and the other three framed similar ones)!

  6. It just goes to show that old-school porn is still great… if somewhat weird. My god that polar bear is hawt :D

  7. Is that a smiling polar bear rug or one of those flat-packed samoyeds IKEA’s been selling lately?

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