Well, tomorrow’s the day. Commencing at 1:00 PM CST, the Heritage House live auction begins on 36 rare and historic pieces of original MAD artwork including the “Soul of MAD”, a series of cover paintings that Bill Gaines and Co. considered most representational of the MAD zeitgeist. The lot includes the original painting seen above by Norman Mingo, which was the definitive Alfred E. Neuman image from MAD #30 circa 1956. Internet bidders have until 10:00 PM CST tonight to place bids online at Heritage House’s website. After that the live auction will decide the new owners of these classic and giant icons of pop culture.
It’s quite sad that this wonderful artwork is leaving the offices of MAD, but on the other hand they will hopefully be purchased by collectors who have a love of the publication and will allow them to be seen in gallery and museum shows.If I had a spare $50,000 laying about I’d be bidding up a storm.
You can see the complete list of all 36 original MAD works up for auction here featuring the works of Mingo, Bob Clarke, Frank Kelly Freas, Sergio Aragon?¬©s, Jack Davis, Jack Rickard, Bob Jones, Richard Williams and of course the irrepressibly itchy J. Fred Muggs.
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