The original art for Led Zeppelin’s debut album sold for $325,000 at auction

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The original art for Led Zeppelin’s debut album sold for $325,000 at auction on June 18, blowing past an estimate of $20,000-30,000.

The stipple tracing artwork, created and still owned by George Hardie, was sold in an online auction by Christie’s.

The item had been given an estimate of $20,000-$30,000 but bidding reached beyond the $100,000 mark on Thursday evening in the final hours before bidding closed.

Hardie created the artwork in 1969 while he was still a student at the Royal College of Art in London.

The artwork created by Hardie is quite small and measures 177 x 177mm, according to Christie’s.

Hardie said he was paid £60 for the artwork.

“I think the drawing made a good and memorable cover, but this was more to do with the photograph and Jimmy Page’s choice of it than with my skill as a dotter,” he told Christie’s in an interview.

The artwork was rediscovered several years ago when Hardie was clearing out his studio.

“It was unsullied, in a clean folder on which one of my partners had written years ago, ‘G’s pension fund,'” Hardie told Christie’s.

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1 Comment on "The original art for Led Zeppelin’s debut album sold for $325,000 at auction"

  1. What they didn’t know.. that it was a drawing (taken from a photo, from a historical event)

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