Chesley Knight Bonestell, ‘ALTERNATE VERSION OF BONESTELL'S POPULAR "EXPLORING COPERNICUS", CA. 1967, WITH COSMONAUTS IN RED SPACESUITS RATHER THAN GREEN & BLUE’, Sotheby's

Oil on board, painted over a print of the Lunar Orbiter frame II-162H, 9 by 13 inches, matted, glazed and framed to 18 x 23 inches.

Saleroom Notice: Please note that this lot is not painted over a print of Lunar Orbiter frame II-162H, but does depict Lunar Orbiter fame II-162H. It has been prepared in Bonestell's frequent technique of painting over photographs that he shuttered himself.

From the Catalogue:
Based on the “Picture of the Century,” an oblique photograph taken by Lunar Orbiter II this popular scene was first published as the inside front cover illustration for the October 1969 issue of Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, with the caption "Russian astronauts have arrived on the rim of Copernicus only to discover the Americans have already been there..." It subsequently appeared in the April 1978 issue of Future Life magazine, Ron Miller's Space Art in 1978, the July 1979 issue of Sky and Telescope magazine, and Fred Durant and Ron Miller's 1983 work, Worlds Beyond. If one looks very closely at the lower right hand portion of the work, one can see one of the Russian Cosmonauts pointing to the area just below Bonestell's signature, where one can see some trash, presumably left there by the American astronauts who got there first.
—Courtesy of Sotheby's

Illustrated in: Durant, Fred and Ron Miller, Worlds Beyond. The Art of Chesley Bonestell, p. 21; Miller, Space Art, Starlog Press, p. 27; Frank, Jane & Howard, Great Themes from the Frank Collection, pp. 44-45.

Ex Collection of Frederick C. Durant, III

About Chesley Knight Bonestell