Welcome to #272 of Original Comic Art Tips! This week the news came that Elon Musk will shut down the (Twitter owned) platform I use to send this newsletter. I have a month to find another service and transfer all of the old archived issues before they’re deleted forever from the web. 💀
In good news there’s great art on eBay and many record prices/high prices at Heritage, ComicConnect and Maghen Auctions.
Heritage Signature Auction: Record price for George Perez with the cover to #195 of JLA sold for $288k, while the cover to #207 went for $132k.
$240k is the highest paid Spider-Man panel page by Steve Ditko, putting it at 4th place in total. Incredible $168k jump for Mike Grell, with an All-Star cover featuring the first appearance of Power Girl, wait to see how it will affect the regular pieces. Record price for Murphy Anderson at $120k, $57k for a “standard” piece by Jim Aparo, Record for Walt Simonson at $39k, $33k for a hard to find Rocketeer page by Dave Stevens, $31k for Ernie Chan, $20k for Jerry Ordway, another hard to find artist. Plenty also of good deals in the other four pages of this auction… I like this Colan at $1,7k, this Sal Buscema at $1,7k, this Don Newton at $1,6k, this Adkins/Wood at $1,3k and this Buckler/Ordway at $1,2k.
Daniel Maghen Auctions: €93k for the illustration by Hergé, €55k for the Bilalpage, the page by Gibrat doubles the estimate at €40k, €33k for Rosinski, €31k for Juillard, 3 times the estimation, €31k for the cover by Vance, €26k for the Blueberry page by Giraud, €16k for the Murena cover by Delaby, €11k for Serpieri, €10k for Guarnido, €11k for Manara.
Very high results for all of the Ana Miralles pieces, the higher being the cover to T. #3 sold for €68k. High results also for Fournier, with a Spirou cover sold for €26k.
I don’t know if you noticed the Understanding Comics pages offered on HA lately. I’m not linking to them because they’re all water damaged (you can look at the archives, almost all of them have blue stains). But the one offered this week is so stained that it looks like an abstract painting and I quite like it.
The number of new auctions is growing constantly, I have reviewed up to 10 different auctions in a single week, and considering that I browse each one twice (preview and results), I need more than 8 hours now to compile each newsletter. I don’t have that much spare time but, being a freelancer, I’m able to use some of my working hours, so much so that Friday afternoons are spent to finish these emails.
This premise was to announce that months ago I started experimenting with eBay affiliate links, to (partially) pay myself for the lost hours of work. If you find what I do useful, you can now make me a gift without spending a cent: if you intend to buy anything from eBay, open one of these newsletters, click on a link to eBay and then navigate and buy whatever you need. eBay takes from sellers 10% of the final price and (if you came through my link) will give me a small part of that. Think of me when you buy a Kirby cover or a Rolex watch!