Friday, May 13, 2011

Auction records: Original Ric Binkley cover illo for C. L. Moore's classic 1954 collection Northwest of Earth

Ric Binkley (American SF&F artist)

“Northwest of Earth” (1954)
Color illustration, 10.5 x 12.5 inches.
Signed lower right.
From the John McLaughlin Collection.

The classic science fiction anti-hero, Northwest Smith, takes center stage in this stunning scene for the Gnome Press printing of Northwest of Earth (1954), a collection by pioneering female science fiction & fantasy writer C. L. Moore that includes several stories set on Mars. Smith, a spaceship pilot and smuggler who lives in an undisclosed future time when humanity has colonized the solar system, has been cited as a possible inspiration for Han Solo of Star Wars.

Sold for: $776 (includes BP)
Date sold: October 15, 2006
Auction house: Heritage Auctions

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