Dec 15, 2022 - Sale 2625

Sale 2625 - Lot 3

Price Realized: $ 344
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 500 - $ 750

PAUL BACON (1923-2015)

"The Bourne Supremacy."

Cover Art for the bestselling spy novel The Bourne Supremacy by Robert Ludlum (New York: Random House, 1986). Mixed media on paper. 83 mm; 3 1/4 inches, tondo; matted and framed to 13x13 inches. Signed "Paul Bacon" in pencil, in lower right margin beneath circular image.

Provenance: Estate of the artist.

Bacon's work is iconic though his name is not well known. He pioneered the distinctive book cover style known as the "big book look" where the use of minimal imagery and large point, bold lettering allowed the book to stand out on the shelves. Such famous titles include Joseph Heller's Catch-22, Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five, Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, the original hardback cover for Jaws, and Phillip Roth's Portnoy's Complaint. He also worked on projects for the legendary Blue Note jazz label, designing covers for Thelonious Monk, Wes Montgomery, Dizzy Gillespie, and Chet Baker. By the end of his long career, he had created a staggering six and a half thousand book covers and over two hundred album covers.