Look at all the cool stuff from the Ray Bradbury estate auction

illustrated-man

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.

Listen to this while you check out all the other great stuff up for auction from Bradbury's personal estate.

Dean Ellis Painting Commissioned for the Cover of Ray Bradbury's Book "The Illustrated Man"

Ray Bradbury at NASA JPL, 1971, reading his poem "If Only We Had Taller Been" (video)

[Video Link] A beautiful video from NASA JPL honoring Ray Bradbury, who died Tuesday, June 5 2012 at 91.

Through the years, Ray Bradbury attended several major space mission events at JPL/Caltech. On Nov. 12, 1971, on the eve of Mariner 9 going into orbit at Mars, Bradbury took part in a symposium at Caltech with Arthur C. Clarke, journalist Walter Sullivan, and scientists Carl Sagan and Bruce Murray. In this excerpt, Bradbury reads his poem, "If Only We Had Taller Been."

(Thanks, Stephanie L. Smith)