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1934 R136 National Chicle Sky Birds Original Card Artwork Collection (3)
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $3,770.00
Collection of three original artworks from the 108-card 1934 R136 "Sky Birds" set issued by National Chicle. Offered are the actual original artworks to card #70 Frank Hunter, #88 C.B. (Ben) Eielson, and #89 "Neuport Rocket Ship." The Sky Birds set features famous pilots and airplanes of the day, and has always been regarded as one of the most popular of all 1930s non-sport gum card sets, in part because of its bright colors, sharp details, art deco designs, and popular subject matter. Artwork for card sets from the 1930s are exceedingly rare. Back in the late 1970s a group of material surfaced in the collecting world directly from the family of a National Chicle employee, which included approximately 100 artworks from several National Chicle non-sport sets, including "Sky Birds." These three artworks originate directly from this historic find, and were among the first chosen as the "pick of the litter" when the artwork was first offered for sale over twenty years ago. They have remained together ever since. Robert Edward Auctions handled virtually all of this material at the time. Today, these artworks have long been scattered to the four corners of the collecting world. When they do turn up, all can be traced directly to this find. The three offered artworks are all exceptional examples of these extremely rare and highly prized original 1930s gum card artworks. As is the case with all National Chicle "Sky Bird" artworks, the paintings are gouache on thick artist's board, and each measures 4.5 x 5.5 inches. All three artworks are extremely clean, with sharp, bright, crisp colors, and are in Excellent to Mint condition. Total 3 artworks. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000. SOLD FOR $3,770.00
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