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Original Jose Gonzalez Vampirella Pinup Art (1981)
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $7,050.00
In the early 1980s, Jose "Pepe" Gonzalez produced a series of approximately thirty Vampirella pinups, which were used as the backdrops for the table of contents pages in Vampirella. These works are widely recognized by collectors as the most desirable and definitive studies of Vampirella ever produced. They are as highly regarded by many collectors as original Vampirella cover art, and in fact are considerably rarer simply because so few were produced, and fewer still have survived. These masterpieces of modern pinup art are in a class by themselves. The offered artwork is one of what was at one time the largest collection of Gonzalez Vampirella pinups to ever be assembled, which at its peak numbered ten pieces. Only a few known pieces escaped inclusion in this collection, suggesting that there may be as few as thirteen or possibly fourteen examples of Gonzalez Vampirella table of contents pinup artwork in existence in the entire collecting world. This is a simply stunning and perfect example of Vampirella art. It is also the very last of the Gonzalez pinups from this extraordinary holding. Assessing quality is subjective, but this piece was intentionally saved for last as the very best of all Vampirella pinups. This work was used as the backdrop to the title page of a 1982 Vampirella issue. It is in perfect condition, executed in pencils on white Bristol, signed and dated 1981. Dimensions: 20 x 14.25 inches. The last Jose Gonzalez Vampirella pinup offered at auction appeared as lot 1337 in REA's April 2006 auction, selling for a record $7,540. Disclosure per section 13 of REA's terms and conditions: This lot has been consigned from the personal collection of an executive or employee of Robert Edward Auctions (or a relative of an executive or employee). Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,500/$5,000+. SOLD FOR $7,050.00
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