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Lot 745

Frank Kelly Freas Pittsburgh Steel Mills Drawing and Magazine

Estimate: $80 - $150

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Freas, Frank Kelly (American, 1922-2005), Pittsburgh Steel Mills, c.1950, colored pencil and graphite on paper, signed lower left, sheet 7.25 x 10 inches, unframed. A smoky period piece drawn by Freas while he attended the Art Institute of Pittsburgh in the late 1940s and early 1950s. TOGETHER WITH Art Institute of Pittsburgh, 30th Annual Factbook, 1951, softcover, front cover illustration by Frank Kelly Freas. Freas' first commercial cover art didn't appear until Weird Tales in November, 1950, but he would then go on to gain tremendous fame as an illustrator for Mad Magazine, as well as countless Science Fiction and record cover projects. Provenance: acquired directly from the agent of the Freas estate.


In good condition, crease to lower right corner, inked number 6 in upper right; verso with evidence of previous mounting, but not visible on the front; magazine in fair condition, with tearing to the spine and light soil.

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