Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Anniversary of Washington's Crossing of the Delaware

We're anticipating the 240th anniversary of this historic event with plans for Mort's painting, Washington's Crossing. It will appear as part of the exhibit, Mort Künstler: The New Nation, at The Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, New York (opening December 10, 2016. ) We also have plans to release a new limited edition print of the painting later this year.

When Mort's Washington's Crossing was unveiled in 2011, this New York Times article began "a media firestorm."

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Art Auction: Two Original Civil War Paintings

A Rare Opportunity to Own Classic

Mort Künstler Civil War Paintings

We have just learned that two much admired and beloved original paintings are coming up for auction this Saturday

Auctioneers Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates


Saturday, June 18, 2016

Americana and Fine Arts Auction

Contact Will Kimbrough

Lot #646

Lot #647

If you would like to speak to us about this auction before calling the auction house, we are happy to talk to you.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Upcoming Art Auction: 8 Original Illustrations for Sale!

Eight vintage paintings from the '50s and '60s – Mort's most prolific period creating covers and interior illustrations for popular men's adventure magazines – will be coming up for auction this month.

"Kunstler was at the top of the game in his genre, putting incredible detail and accurate descriptions of uniforms, weapons, and settings into his paintings...Beginning in 1954, he created hundreds of Magazine Management's best-painted covers. His art has appeared in major magazines, such as National Geographic. The Saturday Evening Post, and Newsweek, and his commercial oeuvre also includes film posters and advertising work."
              – Max Allan Collins and George Hagenauer, Men's Adventure Magazines in Postwar America:                      The Rich Oberg Collection, Köln: Taschen GMBH, 2004, p. 500.

The Night the Mob took Over Thrill Park  by Mort Künstler

The Night the Mob Took Over Thrill Park
For Men Only magazine cover, November 1967
Gouache on board
11.5 x 16.625 in. (sight)
Signed lower right
Lot #71109

For Men Only magazine cover, November 1967

The Nude Decoy by Mort Künstler

The Nude Decoy, 1958
Gouache on board
16-1/2 x 18-7/8 inches (unframed)
25-1/2 x 28 inches (framed)
Signed and dated lower left: MKünstler
Lot #71110

The Nude Decoy, Stag Magazine interior illustration, 1958

This painting was used multiple times as double page illustrations for stories in Stag and Sportsman magazines. "My wife Deborah was the model for this illustration done in the 50s. She was pregnant at the time and looked terrific. She still looks great even when she's not pregnant!" - Mort Kunstler

Sexy Trap, Stag or Male magazine illustration, 1968
Gouache on board
15.25 x 23 in. (sight)
signed and inscribed lower right
Click here for more information or to place an online bid.

Escape From the Tanker  by Mort Künstler

Escape from the Tanker
Gouache on board
15.75 x 18 in. (sight)
Signed lower right
Lot #71112

The Kill-Crazy Life of John Dillinger  by Mort Künstler

The Kill-Crazy Life of John Dillinger, Stag magazine cover, 1968
Gouache on board
19.125 x 14.75 in. (sight)
signed lower right
Lot #71113

Stag Magazine Cover, 1968

The Sinking of Yamato, Stag magazine cover, November 1964
Gouache on board
19.25 x 14.5 in. (sight)
Signed and dated '63' lower right
Lot #71114

Hanging by a Thread  by Mort Künstler

Hanging by a Thread, American Weekly magazine illustration, 1957
Gouache on board
12.5 x 24in. (sight)
Signed lower right
Lot #71115

  Arctic Ordeal, Sports Afield magazine illustration, circa 1959
Gouache on board
19 x 15.75 in.
Initaled lower right

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Upcoming: Scottsdale Art Auction

Two original Mort Künstler paintings are up for auction at the Scottsdale Art Auction,
Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 9:30 PT
Online bidding is available. Click here for more information

Gunsmoke in Nevada by Mort Künstler

Lot 110 • Oil on Board • 19 x 17.5 inches • Estimate: $1,500 - $2,500

Gunfight Illustration by Mort Künstler (Click Here for Auction Page)

"This painting was used for many paperback book covers. The first was Avon books. The art director at Avon, Barbara Bertoli, gave me free reign with the covers. For this painting and others, I did research Old Tucson, a recreated western town. I think this painting is one of my better action pictures." -Mort Kunstler

Frank O'Rourke's Violence at Sundown

This painting was used on the 1963 Avon paperback book cover Gunsmoke in Nevada by Burt Arthur. In 1987 it was used as the pocketbook paperback book cover illustration for Frank O'Rourke's Violence at Sundown - a copy of which will accompany this lot.

B-24 From Naples Missing...Crew Presumed Dead by Mort Künstler

Lot 109 • Gouache on board 19 x 15.5 inches •  Estimate: $1,500 - $2,500

Desert Crash Illustration (Click Here for Auction Page)

"This was the only magazine cover I posed for - I am the pilot on the far right. My good friend and artist James Bama is the pilot on the far left, wiping his brow. Jimmy has become well known for Western art." - Mort Kunstler

Stag Magazine, December 1959, Cover Illustration

This was painting was done for the December 1959 issue of Stag magazine to illustrate a story entitled B-24 From Naples Missing...Crew Presumed Dead by Tom Perkins. A copy of this magazine will accompany this lot.


All illustrations by Mort Künstler. Text by Michael Aubrecht, Dee Brown, Henry Steele Commager, Rod Gragg, Mort Knstler, James McPherson, and James I. Robertson, Jr. - Copyright 2001-2011. All Rights Reserved. No part of the contents of this web site may be reproduced or utilized in any form by any means without written consent of the artist.