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1938 R69 “Horrors of War” Original Artwork Pair: #81 and #248
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $4,148
Presented is a pair of original artworks from Gum, Inc.'s "Horrors of War" series, perhaps the most famous of all nonsport issues. These are the actual original artworks used to produce the "Horrors of War" bubble-gum cards. The sensational and often gruesome artwork of the "Horrors of War" set created a tremendous stir when these cards were issued in 1938, literally putting Gum, Inc., on the map, and setting the stage for many successful years of card production. It is a miracle that many of the original artworks to this set have survived. All of these artworks originate from the family of Charles Steinbacher, the art director for Gum, Inc., and have been scattered to the four corners of the collecting world over the past decade since their discovery. This pair consists of the original artworks for card #81 "Japanese Airmen Bombard Schools in Canton" and 248 "Jap Flares Disperse Fog and Expose Foe." Like all "Horrors of War" artworks, these artworks measure 2.5 x 3.5 inches each, the exact same size as the issued card, and are executed in watercolor on artist's board. Each artwork is bright and crisp with brilliant colors. The artwork for #81 is centered slightly to the left and has a faint lower right corner crease. The artwork for #248 is perfectly centered with four sharp corners. Each has production-related glue stains on the blank reverses, along with penciled card numbers, both characteristic of "Horrors of War" artworks. The artwork for #248 has a few areas of paper loss on the reverse as well as a Steinbacher stamp. Original "Horrors of War" artworks are rarely offered for sale and are especially desirable as companion pieces to complete sets or additions to any nonsport collection. Total: 2 artworks. Reserve $200. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $4,148
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