The Illustrated Man was one of the first Ray Bradbury books I bought. I picked it up at my junior high school's weekly book sale. The cover painting attracted me to the paperback. What a weird and fascinating image! It's a naked bald man, sitting on a rickety wood platform in a forlorn, alien desert. The best part about it is the way his back is turned to the viewer. So mysterious.
Artist Dean Ellis original "Red Illustrated Man" painting commissioned for the cover art of Ray Bradbury's "The Illustrated Man." Ellis' depiction was used for the cover of the Bantam Books 1969 paperback edition of "The Illustrated Man." Composed in casein on illustration board. Painting measures 17" x 26.5" and is framed to an overall size of 26" x 35". Near fine condition. With a COA from the Ray Bradbury estate.
With 9 days left in the auction, the original art has a high bid of over $9,000. I predict it'll go for $20k or more.