Portrait shows morbid Poe in more flattering terms

A portrait of Edgar Allan Poe released Monday, Jan. 18, 2010, by via Cliff Krainik is seen. The small watercolor by A.C. Smith shows Poe sitting at desk with pen and paper in hand. His famous mustache is missing, and there's the slightest hint of a smile on his face. The portrait will be unveiled Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010, to the public in Baltimore as part of Poe's birthday celebration. Krainik, plans to sell the portrait at auction later this year. Auctioneer Wes Cowan expects it to sell for $30,000 to $50,000 _ and he says that's a conservative estimate. (AP Photo/A.C. Smith via Cliff Krainik) (AP Photo/A.C. Smith via Cliff Krainik)

January 19, 2010 8:07:53 AM PST
Edgar Allan Poe's fertile imagination has endured for more than 150 years - and so has his pale, death-haunted image, with his sunken eyes, a trim mustache and unruly mop of curly hair.