Lots of record prices and new auctions! – Original Comic Art Tips #207
Welcome to #207 of Original Comic Art Tips! Here’s a long auction results section:
eBay: this Psylocke pinup by Jim Lee was shopped on Facebook just a couple of days ago, now I see that it was quickly sold (but on eBay) for $6k.
The Batman page by Gil Kane went for $3,1k, the Excalibur page by Alan Davis for $2,5k, a Fathom page by Michael Turner for $2,2k, ROM by Sal Buscema for $1,4k, a Deadpool commission by James Harren for $1,5k, the Infinity INC page by Jerry Ordway for $1,1k.
Heritage Weekly Auction: a signed Calvin & Hobbes print was sold for $18k, the same price was paid for another copy in July, but consider that one was sold last November for $7,8k, and in June 2019 (seems ancient times, but it’s really only 2 years ago) a copy went for $3,3k.
A Children’s Crusade page by Jim Cheung was sold for $5,2k, a Legion page by Dave Cockrum for $5k, the G.I. Joe page by Todd McFarlane for $4,3k, one by Rod Wigham for $3,4k, a Wolverine commission by Art Adams for a pretty high $1,8k.
Three color guides to a Carl Barks story were sold for a surprising $1,8k, the Spider-Man drawing by John Romita went for only $1,5k, a low price, but if you compare with the similar sketch sold for $4,3k (see last week’s issue) it’s REALLY low.
Heritage Signature Auction: the winner was Jack Kirby, with the cover to Fantastic Four #86 sold for $480k, the previous HA record was $200k lower (and for another Dr. Doom piece). Last week I wrote about Christmas-themed strips paid a lot more than regular strips, on the same day a Christmas-themed Peanuts Sunday made a big record, $360k The previous highest price paid for a Sunday was $113k in 2007.
Third place and interior art record for Barry Smith, with an Avengers DPS, sold for $168k, the Captain America DPS by Steranko went for $159k, not a record, the Spidey page by Ditko was sold for $156k. $132k is a record for Calvin & Hobbes daily strips, $108k is a new record for panel pages drawn by John Byrne, Alex Ross original art is over the $100k mark for the first time with this Batman cover, $72k for an iconic EC cover is a record for Johnny Craig.
$72k is a big record for Michael Golden, but it will be difficult to find a more valuable piece, considering the number of characters in this Avengers cover.
We were surprised by the Hellboy cover sold on ComicLink for $52k just 17 days ago, look at the new $55k record. $52k is the new record for Jim Lee panel pages, $50k paid for a Marshal Law cover by Kevin O’Neil, a very similar one was sold in May for $17k. $50k is also the highest price paid on HA for Daredevil art by Frank Miller. I’m stopping this at $50k for lack of space, but I’ll leave you with the $38k paid for a Typhoid Mary page by Romita Jr. since everybody is talking about this.
This week on eBay
Heritage Weekly Auction
Heritage International Signature Auction part 1 of 2
I have to start as usual with this incredible Asterix page by Uderzo, then a Largo Winch cover by Francq, a beautiful illustration by Moebius, a Tintin page prelim by Hergé, a Star Wars cover by Mathieu Lauffray.
The best Sergio Toppi page offered in a while.
X-Men original art by John Byrne, Thor by John Buscema, Spidey by Keith Pollard, a Thor cover by Olivier Coipel. A Batman splash by Marshall Rogers, a Batman page by Sean Murphy, Cosmic Odyssey by Mignola, a nice Superman by Darwin Cooke.
See you next week!!