Original artwork for Led Zeppelin's 1969 album going up for auction.

May 12, 2020



Artwork for Led Zeppelin's album 1969 is going up for auction in June this year! The sale is being hosted by the Christie's Auction House and will be accepting bids between June 2 and June 18. The artwork is expected to bring in between $20,000 and $30,000


The album cover was designed by George Hardie, a member of the London-based Hipgnosis art design group. It was designed as a stipple - a drawing technique that uses small dots. The design was created by Hardie when he traced Sam Shere's original photograph of the Hindenburg disaster which took place in 1937. Led Zeppelin's album cover may even be more well-known than that original photo.



"The historical significance of this album cover cannot be understated," noted Peter Klarnet, Christie’s senior specialist of Books and Manuscripts.

The album was louder and bolder than anything that had come before and would come to define the shape of hard rock for generations. "The image has endured in a way that most other album covers have not — it very much has taken on a life of its own." Other memorable album covers  designed by Hardie include Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon and Wish You Were Here as well as Black Sabbath's Technical Ecstasy.


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