Original Led Zeppelin Debut Album Art Going Up for Auction
The artwork for Led Zeppelin self-titled 1969 debut album is set to go up for auction in June.
The iconic album cover was created by George Hardie, who was a member of the London-based Hipgnosis art design group. The image is a stipple — a drawing technique that uses small dots — that was created when Hardie traced photographer Sam Shere's original photograph on the Hindenburg disaster that took place in 1937. Arguably, Led Zeppelin's album cover is more well-known than that original photo.
"The historical significance of this album cover cannot be understated," Peter Klarnet, Christie’s senior specialist of Books and Manuscripts, told Rolling Stone.
"It marked a major turning point in the history of pop music, heralded by the debut of Led Zeppelin," he continued, adding, "It was louder, bolder than what had come before and would come to define the shape of hard rock for generations. This simple rendering of the Hindenburg exploding over Lakehurst stands as a monument to that important historical moment. And 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."
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