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Original Artwork for Led Zeppelin’s Debut Album Headed to Auction

The original artwork on the cover of Led Zeppelin's 1969 self-titled debut album will be auctioned off via Christie's during a sale scheduled for June 2nd through 18th.

The cover was designed by George Hardie and based on photographer Sam Shere's famous 1937 photograph of the Hindenburg disaster. It's estimated to fetch between $20,000 to $30,000, and Christie's senior specialist of Books and Manuscripts, Peter Klarnet, tells Rolling Stone, "In terms of rarity, this is a unique object - I don't think you can get rarer than that."

Hardie designed the piece while he was a graduate student at the Royal College of Art in London after his friend, the photographer Stephen Goldblatt, had recommended him to Zeppelin. After rejecting Hardie's first few cover ideas, guitarist Jimmy Page suggested he do something with Shere's Hindenburg picture. For his take on the photo, Hardie used tracing paper to recreate the image in stipple - a style of drawing using small dots - to give it the same feel as a low-resolution newspaper photo.

Read the full story at: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/led-zeppelin-album-original-cover-art-george-hardie-auction-995569/

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Led Zeppelin History

May 31, 1948 - John Henry Bonham was born at Redditch, Worchestershire
May xx, 1969 - The band’s debut album enters the US Top 10
May xx, 1969 - Recording sessions for Led Zeppelin II begin
May xx, 1970 - The band works on new material at Bron-Y-Aur
May 03, 1971 - Richard Cole jams on Whole Lotta Love playing congas
May xx, 1972 - Houses Of The Holy recording sessions on location at Stargroves and Olympic studios
May 27, 1972 - Warm-up gigs kick off in Holland for an upcoming American tour
May 04, 1973 - Led Zeppelin gross nearly $250,000 for their performance in Atlanta, GA
May 05, 1973 - 56,800 attend the second show of the 1973 US tour at Tampa. This sets a record for the largest attendance for a one-act performance, previously held by the Beatlesfor their Shea Stadium show in 1965
May 10, 1974 - Swan Song Records is officially launched
May 11, 1974 - Led Zeppelin attend an Elvis concert and are thrilled when Elvis announces that Led Zeppelin is in the building
May 10, 1975 - Showco ships their PA system and video screens for the Earls Court shows from Dallas to London
May 23, 1976 - Page and Plant join Bad Company onstage at the LA Forum
May 21, 1977 - The Houston Summit claims $500,000 in damages to their venue caused by rowdy fans
May xx, 1978 - The band reunite at Clearwater Castle to rehearse
May 22, 1979 - It is officially announce that Led Zeppelin will headline at the Knebworth Festival in August
May 15, 1980 - After many revisions the European tour dates are finalized and the band is scheduled to open in Germany
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