An iconic painting (above) of the well-known sword-and-sorcery character Conan the Barbarian
by the respected fantasy artist Frank Frazetta
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.