Gil Elvgren’s ‘Gay Nymph’ Sets World’s Record $286,000 in $3.4 Million Heritage Auctions Illustration Art Sale


NEW YORK, NY.- The power and depth of the Charles Martignette Collection of Illustration Art continued to exert its influence on May 4 in the form of Gil Elvgren’s Gay Nymph, 1947, which brought $286,800 – a World’s Record price for the artist – against a $60,000+ pre-auction estimate-in Heritage Auctions‘ $3.409+ million Signature(r) New York Illustration Art event at the Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion. All prices include 19.5% Buyer’s Premium. “Collectors are definitely keyed into the quality and rarity of the auctions we’re putting together,” said Ed Jaster, Senior Vice President at Heritage Auctions, “and nowhere more so than as evidenced by the price for Elvgren’s sublime Gay Nymph. Major nudes by Elvgren are exceedingly rare and represent some of the most desirable paintings the artist ever created. Without a doubt this is one of the absolute best and the price reflected that.” The auction saw 1,112 bidders vying for the 394 lots