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    Maurice Del Bourgo - Classics Illustrated #113 "The Forty-Five Guardsmen" Splash Page Original Art (Gilberton, 1953). Maurice Del Bourgo was a versatile artist on the Classics Illustrated series, contributing to the adaptations of the work of Friedrich Schiller, Ann S. Stephans, Jack London, and, in this example, Alexandre Dumas. The Forty-Five Guardsmen is a sequel to Chicot the Jester. It was the third volume in the series of historical stories known as the "Valois Romances." This dramatic scene of the Guardsmen on horseback shows Del Bourgo's great skill at illustrating period costumes and armor. This splash page also features a deep landscape, from the large face in the foreground all the way to the small village on the horizon, miles away. The art measures 17" x 24" overall. There was an art correction paste-on in the foreground figure's face, and the glue has discolored the paper over the years. But overall, a terrific piece of illustrated romantic literature!

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2004
    11th-12th Friday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
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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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