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Original art from Hildebrandt's and Alan Lee at Heritage Auctions

Original art from Hildebrandt's and Alan Lee at Heritage Auctions

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Two pieces of original artwork are open for bidding in the Comics & Comic Art Signature Auction - Chicago #7187 ending May 12, 2018 that may be of interest here.

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Alan Lee Castles Illustration Original Art (1984). This gorgeous painting by Lord of the Rings artist Alan Lee features a hooded rider that looks suspiciously like Strider. Painted many years before his reputation was cemented as the pre-eminent Tolkien artist. Produced in watercolor on heavy paper. Matted and framed out to 23" x 16" with an inner mat opening of 16" x 11". Signed and dated by Lee in pencil. In Excellent condition.



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Greg Hildebrandt and Tim Hildebrandt Smith of Wootton Major and Farmer Giles of Ham Paperback Cover Original Art (Ballantine Books, circa 1974-75). For fantasy fans, the names of Greg and Tim Hildebrandt will forever be linked to the works of fantasy author J. R. R. Tolkien, thanks to the brothers' world-famous visual interpretations of the Tolkien characters. Here, the Brothers Hildebrandt present a wonderfully whimsical scene based on J. R. R. Tolkien's story, "Farmer Giles of Ham" for what was their first published, Tolkien-inspired work. This delightful cover illustration, with its superb artistic nod to the style of classic illustrator Maxfield Parrish, captures the mood of Tolkien's ribald mock-heroic tale perfectly. "When a 'cunning, inquisitive, greedy, well-armored but not overly bold' dragon invades the kingdom, a most unwilling Farmer Giles is chosen to slay the dragon... a dragon who refuses to fight!" This fabulous piece has an image area of 12.5" x 21.5", and the art is in Excellent condition. The illustration was signed at the lower right.
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Re: Original art from Hildebrandt's and Alan Lee at Heritage Auctions

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Very nice art, thank you for posting this!!! Always problematic to bid from Europe, usually auction houses don't expect credit cards and when they are there is always a limit
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Re: Original art from Hildebrandt's and Alan Lee at Heritage Auctions

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Curioys what people's guess on value is? The Hildebrandt sold at Heritage several years ago for about 5-6k, as I recall. Unclear if value would have increased or not since then (most things have gotten more expensive in the original art market).
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Re: Original art from Hildebrandt's and Alan Lee at Heritage Auctions

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Good catch Tapuvae, it sold previously for $5,078.75 in the auction below in 2008.

Auction 827 | Lot: 43309 | Feb 29, 2008

The auction is already up to $4k with two weeks to go, so I am guessing it will go for around or above the previous result, maybe up to $7k to 8k? I am only basing that on looking at other Hildebrandt art results for similar pieces - I could well get surprised!

I also noted in my search this other past auction result which seemed like a good thing to note for posterity:

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Auction 7016 | Lot: 96144 | Oct 27, 2009
GREG HILDEBRANDT (American b. 1939) and TIM HILDEBRANDT (American 1939 - 2006)
J .R. R. Tolkien: Architect of Middle Earth, book cover, 1977
Acrylic on board
22.75 x 14.25 in.
Signed lower right
This illustration appeared on the cover of J .R. R. Tolkien: Architect of Middle Earth by Daniel Grotta-Kurska, Warner Books, 1977.
Sold for $8,962.50 including buyer's premium
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p.s. for Lokki -

Always problematic to bid from Europe, usually auction houses don't expect credit cards and when they are there is always a limit


From https://comics.ha.com/c/my/account/cc. ... idBuy-QualifyToBid-111815 it appears that you can use a credit card, or arrange for other means of payment directly with them. I am sure they would love your business!
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Great news, thank you for the information, much appreciated!
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