Frazetta "The Destroyer" sells for $1.5 million USD
1971 painting originally used as cover for "Conan the Buccaneer"
The original oil painting (for "Conan the Buccaneer" Ace Books, 1971) had a slightly different battle scene, with the Conan figure depicted differently. Instead of the axe-swinging figure shown below, Conan was instead strangling his enemie one at a time. Frazetta revised the painting at least three different ways, according to documentation, after publication of the paperback book for Ace. The matter is covered in the Frank Frazetta "Testament" book, page 72, which shows two images of the earlier versions.
There is also a version of this painting with the face of actor Jack Palance painted inside Conan's helmet, apparently created by Frazetta onto a print of the painting, and used as a promotional material for an unrealized Hollywood production of the Conan property prior to the Arnold Shwarzenegger movie of 1982.
This painting sold in 2010 for $1.5 million USD - - the highest price yet for a single piece of Frazetta artwork. Previous record was the $1 million USD paid for "Berzerker" (i.e., "Conan the Conqueror") in 2009. (The record for a Frazetta ink drawing is $380,000 in 2010 for the cover art to EC Comics Weird Science Fantasy #29.)
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