|Winning Bid:||$460.00 (includes 15% Buyer's Premium)|
|Bidding Ended:||November 20, 2013 at 1:00 AM EST|
Auction #210 - Part I
Item numbers 1 through 1270 in auction 210.
As a child of about six, Russel Deiner attended Klan rallies with his father and the scenes he witnessed inspired his child-like, but artful, renditions of what he saw. As an adult he was an influential member in his local Klan. While he operated a small grocery store in Boyertown, Pa. and being proud of his family and Klan involvement, in a country store style glass case he displayed these drawings along with other childhood mementos such as jacks, marbles and a cap-gun. Lot consists of two different sequential sets of drawings on paper panels each 2-5/8x3.5". Each set comes with its own envelope made of the same folded and glued paper. Each envelope has pencil drawn Klansman on the front and the title "Ku Klux Klan." The child artist "Russel Diener" ink stamped his name on back of each. First envelope has small piece off top left and left/right edge splits but 95% complete. Second envelope has 2.75" vertical tear near left edge. The sheets with the drawings remain NM. Each drawing has pencil numeral in upper right corner. First series drawings "1-9" begin with night scene and a fire which then consumes the cross in panels 1-5. In panel 6, a man pours water on the embers but an apparent law officer then leads this man to jail. In panel 9, he is behind bars, but with a smile on his face. In the second series panel 1, a robed Klansman constructs a cross, in 2 & 3 he lights it while Klansmen look on. In 4, the group walks away and in 5-6 the cross disintegrates to burning embers. Both sequences are drawn much like an animated flip book. Unique. (I/J - $400 to $1000)