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.

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