The Week in Art (Instagram Edition)

Dave Waugh

Instagram Name: @davewaugh

Date: 7/29/2013

Caption: Jack Kirby Lord of Light/Argo "Planetary Control Room (Interior)" Illustration Original Art (1978). Those of you who have seen the movie Argo know the story of how the CIA used a fake movie production crew to conceal a daring rescue mission of six Americans held in Iran. The "movie within a movie" was at one time a genuine project, based on a novel by Roger Zelazny. Producer Barry Geller commissioned Jack Kirby to create a set of concept drawings for the film, but the project stalled and was mostly forgotten, until the CIA used it in their top-secret mission. Sparing no small detail, a bogus film production company was lavishly set up with offices in Hollywood, and permission to film in Iran was somehow obtained. The rescue mission was a success, and the incredible story was told in the recent feature film by Ben Affleck, Argo. They were a part of the CIA's elaborate plan, and carry a great deal of unique history with them. As a side note, this piece and the other "Lord of Light" piece we're offering have spent the last 20 years in the collection of star artist and DC Comics co-publisher Jim Lee. Final selling price estimated at $10k

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