Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Art Phag

The exciting sequel to More Metal Than Thou!

Iconic album art is as relevant as any piece of *real* art... but most of the time we forget that the art used on album covers had to be created by... an... artist... maybe even a painter.

Ride The Lighting Original Art:
Ride The Lightning 1984

Original album cover artwork for Metallica's second album Ride The Lightning, artist unknown, attributed to AD Artists from an original concept of the band's in the album's sleeve notes; accompanied by a letter from the vendor regarding the provenance -- 12½x12½in.(32x32cm.) framed and glazed

Click HERE for the listing at Christie's Auction House that includes the story behind how the seller was given the art back in The Day.

Estimate: $6,100 - $9,000
Price Realized: $15,403

Master Of Puppets Original Art:
Don Brautigam

Original artwork for the cover of Metallica's 1986 album Master of Puppets, painted by artist Don Brautigam. Signed on the lower right of the painting DB. Framed 17x17in.

Click HERE for the listing at Christie's Auction House.

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000
Price Realized: $35,000

Having worked around the museum world for several years, Umlaut is rather shocked that these historic pieces of Music / Metal history were sold for such relatively low sums of money. These images have inspired millions of people over the years... and isn't that what "art" is supposed to do? Hey, isn't it funny that Jason Newsted is a self-styled painter now? Click HERE to see what I mean... However, it still does NOT atone for Rock Star Supernova. Discuss amongst yourselves.

Thanks to Whenwedie for the heads up about the Christie's listings. On the way back to the car, some pimply-faced teenagers called me an art fag. Anyway, if the current owner(s) of these paintings are reading this, please contact me offline... I'd love to have an Umlaut photo op with them... and your identity and location will be kept confidential of course.