Bradbury biographer’s estate auction a treasure trove of sci-fi, pulp art

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Michael Whelan's Martian Chronicles cover artworkWant to own an original piece of sci-fi literary history?

A large collection of sci-fi and fantasy art will be auctioned June 27-28 in Beverly Hills, including pieces that have illustrated works by genre master Ray Bradbury, who died earlier this month.

The pieces belong to Bradbury biographer Jerry Weist, who passed away last year, and include Michael Whelan’s stunning 1990 cover art for the 40th anniversary edition of Bradbury’s Martian Chronicles (pictured above) and Frank R. Paul’s Wonder Stories pulp cover from August 1930 (pictured below), each valued at more than $10,000. Laurence Herndon’s Blue Book magazine pulp cover featuring Edgar Rice Burroughs’ John Carter in A Fighting Man of Mars could be yours for as little as $5,000 (also below — insert joke about it outgrossing Disney’s adaptation here).

Frank R. Paul's Wonder Stories cover artwork Laurence Herndon's Blue Book magazine pulp cover artwork

As well as these iconic sci-fi illustrations, the auction also includes top names from pin-up and American illustrations’ Golden Age, as well as children’s book art such as Where the Wild Things Are sketches by the late Maurice Sendak.

The sale is represented by U.S. auction house Heritage Auctions.

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