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Circa 1950's Freeman Elliot Mad Original Artwork

Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $1,840.00

Simple, straightforward, and simply very funny, this circa 1950s Freeman Elliott rendering captures Mad Magazine icon Alfred E. Neuman in all his unassuming glory. Dressed in his most formal attire, Alfred E. is magnificently portrayed at his debonair best, in preparation for the prom. From his trademark-tousled hair, oversized ears, and gap-toothed grin, to the ridiculously short tuxedo, green sneakers, and orange socks, this is one of the best large cover-quality images of Alfred we have ever seen. Deaccessioned from Mad's archives many years ago, and at that time sold at one of the early Christie's Mad auctions, to the best of our knowledge this painting never actually saw print. Perhaps this was an oversight. More likely, this painting was a portfolio submission by Freeman Elliot to Mad for the purpose of displaying his great talents for potential future work consideration. Elliot found considerable success producing illustrations for countless mainstream publications during his prolific career. In this tremendous example of his talents, Freeman delivers a classic tribute to Alfred E. Neuman, and to every gangly, awkward young man trying (and failing) to impress on a first big date. The artwork measures 18 x 23 inches, and the figure alone stands an impressive 17 inches in height. Gouache on board. It is signed at the bottom right in pencil, "Freeman Elliott." Beautifully preserved with sharp, bold color, this is a classic, vintage image of Mad magazine's beloved mascot. Excellent to Mint condition. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $1,840.00


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