Last month in Dallas, Texas, there was the most incredible auction of original vintage illustrations, which for me served as a delicious art exhibit, filled with pulp fiction cover dames, advertising babes, bunnies, cheesecake cuties and silver screen queens. Aside from the cool fact that all the iconic pin-ups featured were original paintings (not prints), another thing that astonished me, was the astrononomical prices that they sold for.
Of the hundreds of beauties on display, here are my favorites (as well as their winning bids) . . .
Carole Lombard for the cover of Motion Picture magazine c.1936 ($14,000) by Charles Gates Sheldon, The Gibson Girl c.late-1800s by Charles Dana Gibson ($7,500)
Pastel portrait of Mae West for movie magazine c.1930s by Henri Sabin ($140), pulp paperback cover for Tonight It's Me c.1957 by Lou Marchetti ($1,300), Clara Bow portrait for the Call Her Savage film poster c.1932 by Fox artist Alex Luders ($1,100)