“For well over a decade, Heritage has been the international leader for Illustration Art, holding records for nearly every artist ever to work in all genres,” says Todd Hignite, vice president of Heritage Auctions. “During this time, Heritage has been entrusted to auction the estate of famed children’s book illustrator Garth Williams; the Charles Martignette Collection, one of the largest devoted to American 20th century illustration ever assembled; the collection of illustrator Mort Kunstler; the Playboy Collection; as well as virtually every major collection of science-fiction and fantasy art to be offered on the market.”
Throughout its long history in auctioning Illustration Art, Heritage has achieved world record prices for works by some of the most acclaimed and collectible artists in the field.
On October 15, 2010, for example, Heritage auctioned the iconic illustration by Garth Montgomery Williams for the cover of E.B. White’s classic book, Charlotte’s Web (1952), which, as of 2000, was hailed as the best-selling children’s paperback of all time by Publisher’s Weekly. The lot, which included the 14x11-inch cover illustration, as well as a 14x16.5-inch ink drawing of a web used for the decorative end paper design of the book and two 9x8-inch watercolors of the cover design from the estate of Garth Williams, realized a price of $155,350, which exceeded the previous record of $95,600, also held by Heritage Auctions.