Not exactly pennies: An original illustration for the “Saturday Evening Post” called “Penny Candy” sold for a sweet $375,000 at a Heritage Auction in November 2022. The artist, Stevan Dohanos, painted more than 125 “Saturday Evening Post” covers in the 1940s and ’50s. His illustrations included baseball games, ice cream, mobile homes, gas stations, children with toys or butterfly collections, barns, and families enjoying all walks of ordinary life. “Penny Candy” was the cover on September 23, 1944. It is considered his best painting. It was owned by one family for more than 40 years. Lots of factors are considered with art such as this, but the top three are condition, artist and the publication.

saturday evening post cover art penny candy by stevan dohanos 1944

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