Dec 15, 2022 - Sale 2625

Sale 2625 - Lot 16

Estimate: $ 800 - $ 1,200

DON BRAUTIGAM (1946-2008)

"The Pirating of Mel Fisher's Gold."

Cover story illustration published in Free Enterprise magazine, June 1976. Primarily airbrush with liquid acrylic finished with Krylon artist spray fixative on board. 415x354 mm; 16 1/4x14inches. Signed "D. Brautigam" in lower left; artist's stamp on verso.

Provenance: Estate of the artist.

Brautigam was a highly skilled illustrator who pioneered the use of black paint against striking colors to create some of the most iconic heavy metal album covers and thriller/horror genre book covers throughout the 1980s and 90s. Among his most famous are the 1986 Metallica album Master of Puppets, Mötley Crüe's 1989 album Dr. Feelgood, and numerous covers for the wildly popular Signet paperbacks of Stephen King novels including The Stand and The Dark Half.