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    Robert Crumb King of the Freaks - The Johnny Eck Story Unused Cover Illustration Original Art (Anaconda Press, 1981). A solid cover design by R. Crumb for a book that sadly was never published. The man featured on the cover, Johnny Eck, was a real person. Born John Eckhardt Jr. in 1911, he would eventually turn his physical condition into a career at a sideshow entertainer. He was a major character in Tod Browning's 1932 film Freaks. R. Crumb's handwritten personal note on the reverse of this board gives some backstory on this piece, and mentions that Johnny Eck was still alive in 1988. Eck passed away in 1991. The art was produced in ink over graphite on Bristol board with an image area of 10" x 13". The top margin of the board has some creases. Lightly toned and in Excellent condition.

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    I have done a preliminary analysis and the total of the hammer prices was $67,550. With BP, the final figure was $80,722.25. That is against the total insurance value of $34,785 or 2.32 x ‘pre-auction estimate’. Incredible, really, so a big thanks.
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