Sunday, March 15, 2009

J. Allen St. John’s illustration of Thuvia, Maid of Mars sold at auction for more than $15,000

An illustration drawn in 1920 by American illustrator James Allen St. John (1872-1957) that served as the frontispiece of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ novel Thuvia, Maid of Mars (A. C. McClurg and Co., 1920) sold for more than $15,000 at an auction last week conducted by Heritage Auction Galleries of Dallas. The illustration, mixed-media on board, 26 x 16.5 inches, and signed, sold for $21,510, a figure which includes a 19.5% buyer’s premium. It was estimated to sell for $8,000 to $12,000.

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