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Press Release - February 27, 2018
World Record Spider-Man Cover Art Leads Heritage Auctions’ Comics & Comic Art Auction Past $8.6 MillionCompetitive bidders drive Frank Frazetta painting to more than $400,000
The Spider-Man #100 cover art established a new world record for the most expensive Marvel Comics Silver or Bronze Age cover ever sold at public auction.
"The Spider-Man #100 cover art is an extraordinary piece from an iconic artist," Heritage Auctions Comics and Comic Art Director of Operations Barry Sandoval said. "Its impact is magnified because the dominant image of Spider-Man is surrounded by so many of the villains and supporting characters from the history of the comic."
Frank Frazetta Tree of Death Painting Original Art (1970) sparked a flurry of competitive bidding before ultimately realizing at $430,200.
Comic books fared extremely well in the sale, with four realizing six-figure results. Batman #1 (DC, 1940) CGC FN/VF 7.0 Off-white to white pages realized $334,600, All-American Comics #16 (DC, 1940) CGC FN+ 6.5 Off-white pages brought $215,100, Batman #1 (DC, 1940) CGC VG- 3.5 Cream to off-white pages drew $143,400 and Captain America Comics #1 (Timely, 1941) CGC VG- 3.5 Light tan to off-white pages yielded $119,500.
Joining Spider-Man among the prized original cover art was Jack Kirby and Vince Colletta Thor #154 Cover Original Art (Marvel, 1968), which brought $161,325.
Collectors also pursued comic strip art, including Charles Schulz Peanuts Sunday Comic Strip Snoopy and Lucy Original Art dated 9-27-53 (United Feature Syndicate, 1953) and Charles Schulz Peanuts Sunday Comic Strip Original Art dated 12-21-58 (United Feature Syndicate, 1958), each of which realized $113,525, and Bill Watterson Calvin and Hobbes Daily Comic Strip Original Art dated 5-20-86 (Universal Press Syndicate, 1986), which brought $95,600.
The auction included over 100 lots from the Simi Valley Collection, consigned by an original owner from the Los Angeles area who compiled a complete Marvel collection. He bought books off the newsstand from 1960-75, many of which earned grades between VF 8.0 and NM/MT 9.8, and was an avid customer of the Hollywood-based Cherokee Book Shop, where he acquired back issues from assorted titles, including multiple copies of Amazing Fantasy #15, Incredible Hulk #1 and a Fine Plus copy of All-American Comics #16 – the only Golden Age comic in this section of the auction. Among the auction's top lots from the Simi Valley Collection:
· All-American Comics #16 (DC, 1940) CGC FN+ 6.5 Off-white pages: $215,100
· Amazing Fantasy #15 (Marvel, 1962) CGC FN- 5.5 Off-white pages: $45,410
· X-Men #1 (Marvel, 1963) CGC VF+ 8.5 Off-white pages: $38,240
Other top lots included, but were not limited to:
· Jack Kirby and Paul Reinman X-Men #1 Story Page 20 Original Art (Marvel, 1963): $83,650
· Olivia (Olivia De Berardinis) "Amazon Warrior" Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman Painting Original Art (DC/Warner Brothers Studio, 2017): $65,725
· Will Eisner and Ken Kelly Spirit #6 Cover Original Art and Color Guide (Warren, 1975): $59,750
· Amazing Fantasy #15 (Marvel, 1962) CGC FN 6.0 Off-white to white pages: $59,218.23
· Carl Barks "Square Eggs" (aka "Lost In The Andes") Painting CB -OIL 52 Original Art and Correspondence Group of 3 (1973): $54,970
· Gil Kane and Tony DeZuniga Star Wars #9 Cover Original Art (Marvel, 1978): $52,580
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