Heritage Auctions, an auction house based in Dallas, Texas, that deals primarily in auctions pertaining to comics, video games, trading cards, and other similar items of a collectible nature, has put the original art for Island Sanctuary, the artwork for a card painted by Mark Poole for Wizards of the Coast's trading card game Magic: The Gathering, up for auction! Winning this once-in-a-lifetime auction will not only get you the iconic Magic painting, but also a certificate of authenticity proving the verity of the piece. Prospective bidders will have until Saturday, November 6th to place a bid on this wonderful piece of Magic artwork.
According to the auction listing for this piece of art from 1994, as seen on Heritage Auctions' website:
This painting was initially done for 'Island #2' but was rejected because the images for land cards weren't meant to have anything on them that could be construed as a creature (to avoid confusion with creature cards)." However, the art was so good that they ended up creating a new card for it! A Certificate of Authenticity accompanies the painting from the artist, Mark Poole. The painting was created in mixed media, and is signed in the lower-left corner of the 7" x 5.75" image area. The painting has been framed to an overall size of 11.25" x 10". On the reverse side of the frame, you'll find the original receipt of purchase. In Excellent condition.
If you are looking to make a claim for this beautiful painting by a bona fide Magic: The Gathering artist, please kindly remember that you will have until Saturday, November 6th to place a bid on it. You can find the item's auction listing on Heritage Auctions' website by clicking here. Good luck!