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    Chesley K. Bonestell - "Evolution of Earth" Painting Original Art (Time -Life, 1955). Chesley Bonestell's sharply-focused cosmic tableau portrays the movement of planet Earth through space-time, as it is finally immersed within a spiral galaxy. This illustration was printed on page five of the Time-Life book, The World We Live In. Chesley worked as a designer and renderer for architects and participated in the development of such icons as the Chrysler Building, and the Golden Gate Bridge, but when a construction lull hit America in 1938, he turned his efforts to creating matte paintings for the movies, and worked on such classics as "Destination Moon", and "War of the Worlds." His first astronomical paintings were published in 1944, and few artists since have matched his peerless talent for creating scenes evocative of the sublime, enigmatic beauty of outer space. This painting has an image area of 14.5" x 18.75", and is in Excellent condition. From the collection of Richard and Wendy Pini. Richard says: "Speaking of Chesley Bonestell, his astronomical images captured me at a very early age, when I would read the Life (now Time-Life) book "The World We Live In." The vistas of earth and other planets as seen from impossible (then) angles, the scenes of times long past or of star systems light-years distant - all were totally captivating."

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    February, 2005
    9th-10th Wednesday-Thursday
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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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