Elton John : A portrait by George Underwood
Lot 254
Elton John: An original book cover portrait by George Underwood, 1975,
Sold for £600 (US$ 963) inc. premium

Lot Details
Rock & Pop Memorabilia 1970s & 1980s
Elton John: An original book cover portrait by George Underwood,
1975,
watercolour and pencil on board, signed by the artist in pencil and dated 1975, the reverse inscribed in ballpoint Futura 5542 Elton John 19/1/75, mounted and framed, portrait 12¼ x 19½ inches (31 x 49.5cm)

Footnotes

  • This work was used for the front cover of 'Elton John' by Cathi Stein, publ. Futura, London, 1975, a copy of which accompanies this lot.

    George Underwood, born in 1947, attended Ravensbourne College of Art in Bromley. With his friend, David Bowie, he released a single in 1964, as Davie Jones And The King Bees. George went on to work for the design studios of Pye Records and the New English Library. He became a well known illustrator of fantasy, horror and science fiction books and covers in particular. With contacts in the music industry he was commissioned to create the first T. Rex album sleeve, and later, David Bowie's 'Hunky Dory' and 'Ziggy Stardust' album covers, which established his reputation as an illustrator.
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