Jan 23, 2014 - Sale 2337

Sale 2337 - Lot 8

Price Realized: $ 5,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 2,500 - $ 3,500
"The whale said, 'Too bad--life in the ocean is very iffy....'" Watercolor and ink on paper with the figures of the two seals cut out and affixed to the image. 450x560 mm; 17 1/2x22 inches. Illustration for Marina, New York: Viking Press, 1962. Rubber-stamped lower right "L. Bemelmans." Image sunned with some tape residue from where the copy was affixed to the paper.

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Bemelmans won the Caldecott Medal for Madeline's Rescue (1953). Marina is a lesser known but no less delightful picture book about the rescue of a baby seal from a shark by six clown porpoises. On August 19, 1961, Bemelmans wrote his friend Elizabeth Weicker that he thought Marina was "about the best story for kids I have written next to Madeline."