The balance of Jerry Weist’s collection plus other original magazine art went under the hammer at Heritage Auction’s “Illustration Art Signature Auction” on June 27-28 in Beverly Hills. Wally Wood’s original black-and-white art for “Mars Is Heaven,” an 8-page Bradbury story published in Weird Science #18, fetched $54,687.50, the top price for a piece from the Weist collection.
This was the second auction of Weist collectibles.
Other high-ticket items were Michael Whelan’s “Descent,” The Martian Chronicles cover (1990) sold for $37,500.00. Al Feldstein’s black-and-white cover for Weird Fantasy #13 went for $22,500.00.
Four issues of the Shuster and Siegel fanzine Science Fiction with the earliest appearance of Superman sold for $4,062.50.
Harry Warner’s 1972 Hugo went for $2,000.00, part of a lot that included a printed bound working draft proof of All Our Yesterdays, a dust jacket mockup for Wealth of Fable, and copies of both books.
Robert Bloch’s green and yellow horror painting sold for $1,000 and Ray Bradbury’s pink alien for $812.50.
Lou Goldstone’s cover for a 1940s issue of the fanzine Voice of the Imagi-Nation attracted a bid of $212.50, and an interior pulp illustration by well-known fan Alva Rogers, $162.50.
Three more artists with multiple works bringing stratospheric bids were Alex Schomburg, J. Allen St. John and Frank R. Paul.
Alex Schomburg’s Rockets to Nowhere book cover sold for $15,000.00; Trouble on Titan book cover, $12,500.00; and Science Fiction Plus, March 1953 cover, $11,875.00.
J. Allen St. John’s Swords of Mars preliminary book cover in color went for $15,000.00 and another version in charcoal on paper for $9,375.00.
Several vintage Frank R. Paul works went for good prices: Wonder Stories, August 1930 cover, $14,375.00; Science Fiction Plus December 1953 digest cover, $10,000.00; Stories of the Stars: Aldebaran, Fantastic Adventures back cover, $7,500.00; Rockets and Men interior illustration, $4,687.50.
Many artists had more than one piece in the auction. In addition to the artists already discussed, here is a representative list of the top-selling work by each sf/fantasy artist. (Not all came from the Weist collection):
- Laurence Herndon, A Fighting Man of Mars, Blue Book Magazine, June 1930 pulp cover, $10,625.00;
- Chesley Bonestell, mural study (a moonscape), $10,000.00;
- Hannes Bok. unpublished sf painting, $10,000.00;
- Robert Fuqua, Amazing Stories, January 1939 cover for Eando Binder’s “I, Robot,” $10,000.00;
- Henry Richard Van Dongen, Super-Science September 1950 pulp cover, $8,125.00;
- Edmund “Emsh” Emshwiller, A Little Girl’s Xmas in Modernia, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, $7,187.50;
- Hajime Sorayama, Star Girl, $5,312.50;
- Maurice Sendak, Max and the Wild Thing preliminary sketch, $5312.50;
- Charles Samuel Addams, The Honeys, Playbill illustration, $5,000.00;
- Richard M. Powers, Futuristic Cityscape, $4,687.50;
- John Conrad Berkey, Jules Verne, 10,000 Leagues Under the Sea [sic] book cover, $4,218.75;
- Mel Hunter, Space Tug book cover, $4,062.50;
- Willy Pogany, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland page 110 story illustration, $4,062.50;
- Virgil Finlay, The Golden Helix, Thrilling Wonder Stories interior illustration, $3,750.00;
- Leo & Diane Dillon, Past Master paperback cover (1968), $3,750.00;
- Hans Waldemar Wesso, Galactic Patrol, Astounding Stories, interior illustration, $3,000.00;
- Rick Berry, Science fiction illustration, $3,000.00;
- Robert Braun, Satellite, Science Fiction digest cover, June 1958, $2,500.00;
- Ian Miller, The Martian Chronicles trade paperback cover (1979), $2,375.00;
- Fortunino Matania, Carson of Venus, The Passing Show story illustration (1933), $2,250.00;
- Edd Cartier, interior pulp illustration, $1,625.00;
- Frank Kelly Freas, Starlight, Analog June 1970 cover, $1,500.00;
- Chris Moore, Man Plus, paperback cover (2004), $1,437.50;
- Bob Ritter, Flight by Deep-Freeze, Galaxy Magazine February 1961 cover, $1,375.00;
- Leo Morey, science fiction pulp interior illustration, $1,187.50;
- John Rheaume, Clive Barker’s Book of the Damned II – A Hellraiser Companion cover, $1,000.00;
- Vincent DiFate, The Eternal Genius, IASFM digest cover, $1,000.00;
- Clay Ferguson, Fantasy Magazine cover (1934), $812.50;
- Howard Koslow, Space Exploration – Jupiter with Pioneer 11, United States First Day Cover Society, $687.50;
- Josh Kirby, Escape from Venus paperback cover (1966), $625.00;
- Gahan Wilson, Human Sacrifice cartoon illustration, $325.00;
- Ray Roch, two science fiction illustrations, $187.50;
Also of interest — Theodore Seuss Geisel’s editorial cartoon of Hitler brought in $15,000.00.