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    AMERICAN ARTIST (20th Century)
    Honey Gal, paperback cover, 1958
    Tempera on masonite
    14.5 x 18 in.
    Not signed

    From the Estate of Charles Martignette.

    This painting was actually first published as half of the cover for Universal Giant-G8, The Lusty Land by Valerie Taylor (1953): "Even a Hired Hand Needs a Woman". It is its second publication, however, that earns this painting icon status among vintage paperback and pulp art collectors. With a few slight changes, most notably the wardrobe of the man and a subtle alteration of hairstyle and pigmentation for the woman, you have the cover for Beacon B160, Honey Gal, (1958), the highly collectible paperback original by famed mystery writer Charles Willeford: "He Was White. She Was Beautiful-And Bad", "A Starkly Naked Novel of Sin and Segregation". This is one of the most iconic paperback cover images we've had the pleasure to offer.


    Condition Report*: Area of flaking to the right of haystack; linear abrasion on the lower right edge; otherwise in good condition. Not framed.
    *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. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

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    October, 2011
    22nd-23rd Saturday-Sunday
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