1967 Ed Valigursky Vietnam Illustrations

Value (2011) | $12,000 Auction$18,000 Auction

Me and my dad went to an estate sale in Atlanta, Georgia, and we got this one for ten dollars and these two each for five dollars, because they thought they were prints.


We kind of looked at it, and they kind of looked like paintings, and Popular Mechanics sold these two copies as posters for people's houses, and this is the cover of the Popular Mechanics book.

Do you know the artist of these?

Uh, it says in the book, and it's like, Ed Velin... skery?

It's Ed Valigursky. Yeah, interesting guy, he just died a couple of years ago. He was born in 1926 and died in 2009. Did you look up anything about him at all?

We saw some of his paintings. One had just sold at an auction and it went for, I think, $9,000 or $12,000.

Okay. He's an illustrator. He did a lot of illustrations for science fiction magazines and articles, and books for authors like Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, and people like that. Now, these are a little different. And you're right, these were done for Popular Mechanics. Now, you can actually see these... this advertisement, how they were marketed. You see, "You can own these paintings." When you get down to reading about it, you see you can get a lithograph for $1.95. And there are your paintings. U.S. planes in Vietnam, and U.S. helicopters in Vietnam, right here, and these are your works, right above us. And then this one down here is the cover for a Popular Mechanics issue. And you can see right here, it's called Tiger Sharks of the Vietnam Swamps. You see here, the piece on the cover of this November 1967 issue, and there it is, right next to the original watercolor and gouache. These are all the different planes used in Vietnam. But the reason they're so busy and there are so many planes is that they're trying to get all of them in there and try to give an almost encyclopedic look of what was in the air. It's hard to say, because the Vietnam War, there's still a lot of deep feelings about it, but I think these are really important things for a collector. There were probably hundreds, if not thousands, of the lithographs made, but only one of the original artwork here, which you have. I would probably put a conservative estimate on these, at auction, of about $4,000 to $6,000 apiece.

Thanks. So, do you think as a group they would sell more?

I would actually separate them out because you have different buyers for different things.

Okay. Thank you.

Appraisal Details

Bonhams, NY
New York, NY
Appraised value (2011)
$12,000 Auction$18,000 Auction
Atlanta, GA (August 06, 2011)

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