Welcome! I’ve been very saddened by the death of John Romita, who has been my favorite superhero artist since I was a kid.
Since we’re talking about original art here I tried for years to buy a published Romita page, I even bought one on ebay in 2005, but the dealer never bothered shipping it to me…
Less than 10 years ago I was a bid away from winning a Spidey strip but lost it. Then as the time passed it became clear that I had to renounce. By the way, as you can guess eBay is already starting to get flooded with Romita art and signed items, we’ll take a look in the eBay section.
John Romita original art: most of these were on ebay forever, they all went quickly this week. $3k (B.O.) for a tiny Spidey sketch, $1,4k for a Spidey sketch from the last batch he did in 2021, if I remember correctly he lightboxed them from a set of photocopies. $1k for an Arabian Nights cover prelim, $1,7k for a slabbed Ramossketch with a JRSR signature.
Not by Romita but surely related to a search this week, another of those $400 Larry Lieberdailies (with Saviuk ghosted finishes) was sold for $3k (B.O.) due to a fancy matting.
Daniel Maghen Auctions: €167k for the Asterix page by Uderzo, €60k for a page by Gibrat, €52k for a Blueberry cover by Vance, €47k for a Goldrake illustration attributed to Nagai, €21k for a page by Juillard, €19k for a page by Chaland, €11k for a Manarasplash and €9k for a Druuna page by Serpieri.
The auction of Joe Bar Team original art went very well, with most pieces doubling the highest estimate. Highest price was €30k for this page with a €7k estimate.
Ok, this is the big one, I always start from covers and strips because it takes less time to see them all… this week I can’t postpone.
A big lot of pages from John Byrne, here’s the X-Men, an even bigger lot of Kirby pages, here’s early Avengers, many from Miller, here’s Daredevil, many John Buscema pages, with an Avengers splash, many by Jim Lee, here’s a page from his first X-Men issue.