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    EARLE BERGEY (American, 1901-1952)
    Thrilling Wonder Stories, pulp cover, Fall 1946
    Oil on canvas laid on masonite
    29.75 x 20.75 in.
    Signed center left

    Bergey's science fiction cover paintings are some of the most desirable ever created for the pulp magazines-and the rarest. In fact, they're almost impossible to find, with only a handful known to exist. While we have offered a number of covers in other genres by the artist, this is the first science fiction image we've uncovered, and it is an absolutely stunning example featuring an iconic Bergey damsel in distress, clad in the classic metal brassiere.

    This painting was in the collection of science fiction author Lin Carter until 1990, when it was acquired by the consignor.

    This lot is accompanied by three copies of the magazine.




    Condition Report*: 1.5" linear abrasion along center right extreme edge and 0.5" linear abrasion along upper extreme edge due to framing; light abrasions in bottom left and right corners and upper left corner, most notable a small area of paintloss on upper upper left edge; scattered accretions in purple area and center left edge.  Framed to an overall size of 30.75 x 21.75 inches.
    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Some condition issues may not be noted in the condition report but are apparent in the provided photos which are considered part of the condition report. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. Heritage does not guarantee the condition of frames and shall not be liable for any damage/scratches to frames, glass/acrylic coverings, original boxes, display accessories, or art that has slipped in frames. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

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    Auction Dates
    February, 2011
    11th-12th Friday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 11
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