Sunday, July 25, 2010

Fantasy Painting Sells For US$1.5M

An iconic painting (above) of the well-known sword-and-sorcery character Conan the Barbarian by the respected fantasy artist Frank Frazetta (click here to see his other drawings, cool stuff) has just sold to a private collector for US$1.5M. I remember first seeing that image during my teen years care of a classmate's magazine, and it left enough of an impression on me to make me look for and read his stories (penned by writer Robert E. Howard, considered the father of the sword-and-sorcery fantasy subgenre; you should see his picture, he looks like he could have been a character in The Untouchables). An excerpt from the article:

A 1971 painting by fantasy artist Frank Frazetta has sold for $1.5 million, two months after the Pennsylvania artist's death.

Frazetta's managers said this week that a private collector bought "Conan the Destroyer" from a family trust. Managers Robert Pistella and Stephen Ferzoco call it the price the highest ever for a work by Frazetta.

The illustrator died in Florida in May at age 82. His iconic illustrations of Conan the Barbarian, Tarzan and other characters often graced comic books, album covers and movie posters.


Anonymous Cev Ruiz said...

glad to see you're back blog posting. was wondering when new entries would see the light of day.

thanks for the links to the submissions. and also to that one from rocket kapre. i'm really intrigued with that list. :)

11:31 AM  
Blogger pgenrestories said...

@Cev Ruiz: Hi! It's nice to be blogging again. I'll try and keep it up as regularly as I can. I'm glad the links help. TY!

10:19 PM  

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