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Original Ken Kelly Cover Painting for Creepy #123 (Nov, 1980)
Starting Bid - $4,000.00, Sold For - $4,887.50
Original Ken Kelly cover painting for Creepy #123, published in November of 1980. One of Ken Kelly's most highly acclaimed works and one of the great masterpieces of fantasy and horror cover art. Ken Kelly is noted both for his ability to capture the beauty of women, and the horrors which populate the netherworld of fantasy art. This extraordinary masterpiece among Warren cover art presents both talents to their full advantage, with a majesty and appeal unrivalled by any other painting ever produced by Kelly, and arguably which ever graced the cover of Warren's titles. The original cover painting is accompanied by a copy of the published magazine, which is subtitled "The Slave! She was a Seductress! She was evil! She encountered men and transformed them into Monsters!" As much a masterpiece of the pinup genre as the horror genre, this is one of those cover paintings collectors understandably assume will forever remain on a permanent wish list, uncertain if the original exists at all, or is permanently housed in an advanced collection of modern masterpieces, never to surface. Sometimes the great ones do surface, and that is most certainly the case here, with the presentation of this most extraordinary original oil on canvas by Ken Kelly, which was first unveiled to the world on the cover of Creepy #123. The original painting on canvas stretched on board measures 18 x 24 inches, is signed in the lower left, and is in flawless condition. Reserve $4,000. Estimate $8,000/$12,000. SOLD FOR $4,887.50
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