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Original Led Zeppelin album cover art to auction at Christie’s – JustCollecting News

The
original cover artwork for Led Zeppelin’s classic first album could
sell for up to $30,000 when it goes up for auction at Christie’s this
week.

Designer Chris Hardie’s artwork will cross the block as part of an online sale of rare books and manuscripts which concludes on June 18.

The eponymous 1969 LP has been described as “one of the most iconic
album covers of all time”, and for over 50 years the image has
appeared on countless posters, T-shirts and items of Led Zeppelin
merchandise.

Led
Zeppelin were predominantly an ‘album’ band who redefined the music
industry by refusing to release individual singles, and placed all
emphasis on their long-playing records.

The
cover of their debut album invoked the heavy, explosive nature of
their music, and helped propel them to almost instant success on both
sides of the Atlantic.

The
group originally formed in the summer of 1968 following the
break-up of the Yardbirds, in which Jimmy Page played dual lead
guitar alongside Jeff Beck.

Following
the departures of Beck, drummer
Jim McCarty, vocalist Keith Relf and bassist Chris Dreja, Page found
himself as the sole surviving member – and still contractually
obliged to complete tour dates in Scandinavia.

He assembled a new line-up including singer Robert Plant, drummer John Bonham and bassist John Paul Jones, and the four musicians instantly discovered a spark which would change rock history.

George Hardie’s original cover artwork for Led Zeppelin by Led
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