Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    Paul C. Burns (1910-1990) Group Lot of 4 Original Preliminary Illustrations (1959). This is a unique offering and glimpse into the genesis of a magazine story illustration. A renowned illustrator, Paul C. Burns, created numerous covers and scores of magazine illustrations for many of the national publications, including American Magazine and The Ladies' Home Journal. These four preliminaries reveal the creative progression leading up to a single, final illustration to accompany the story, Happy New Year, by Lenore Turovlin, published in the January, 1959 issue of The Ladies' Home Journal. All four are fully finished preliminary works; two are in color; and two have notes from the artist to the art editor. For example, the final preliminary, which is the closest to the published image, has the following notation to the art editor along the bottom edge: "Bill - In a finish of this I would plan the use of a little more solid painting technique in the flesh tones, rather than a wash." Each of the four originals is rendered in pencil and mixed media ( two in color, two in black and white), and all four are on boards that measure 15 x 20. Each of the four preliminaries is signed. Also included in this lot are three of the original model photographs used by Burns, and an issue of the The Ladies' Home Journal where the story, with its final version of the illustration, appeared.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    March, 2003
    6th-10th Thursday-Monday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 555

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    15% of the successful bid (minimum $6) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
    Track Item

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 30 days left to consign to the 2021 January 14 - 15 Comics & Comic Art Signature Auction - Dallas!

    Learn about consigning with us

    Working with Barry Sandoval - his communication skills and thoroughness are outstanding.
    Peter K.,
    Aberdeen, SD
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search