Here we are with the third part of our series following the Jim Lee Original Comic Art sales for charity. Yesterday #30 “Composite Superman/Batman” was sold for more than $11k, it’s time for a recap of the last ten pieces.
If you want to start from the beginning here’s part One:
and part Two:
And if you want to follow the live auctions here’s a link to:
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Total raised is $391k.
This time the ten auctions raised a total of $94,272, less than the last ten, and it’s not a surprise, since #11-20 were full figure with background illustrations, and these were announced as head sketches, usually simpler and less valued drawings.
The surprise is that they’re NOT all headsketches… Bane, Poison Ivy and Composite Batman/Superman are waist up shots and Swamp Thing is full illustration with background.
And most of all the two highest prices ARE indeed headsketches (Joker and Death), with Death as the highest end price of these first 30 auctions. At the first announcement of 20 heads I imagined these would be all similar to #21, Zsazs, but then Jim probably decided to make them more detailed to raise more money for charity, and it all culminated in the striking, chiseled portraits of Death and The Joker. If he wants to raise some more money, after the original art sales, I’d be happy to buy a big print of the Joker…
Time for charts.
But let’s see our charts. in the first one we see how the price changes based on subject matter and complexity, with the example of Zsazs, Cyborg and Atrocitus being both less known characters and the least complex drawings, while Death, despite being not a character Jim Lee is known for, makes a record mostly due to the beauty of the art.
In the second chart we can see that the first half of the marathon is gone, with $391k raised (not counting the art donated by other artists). Three went for less than $5k (compare it to auctions #11-20, where only one went for less than $10k), but we have a record, #29, with $1,800 more than auction #9, the older record price.
But stop talking about numbers and let’s see some art, that’s what we’re here for!