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    Arthur "Art" Radebaugh Closer than We Think! Christmas-Themed Sunday Comic Strip Original Art dated 12-25-60 (Chicago Tribune Syndicate, 1960). Radebaugh's speculative-science feature thrived during 1957-63. This prophetic installment imagines the electronic inter-space transmission of holiday greetings. A caption refers to the phenomenon of Facsimile Mail (a.k.a. Fax), which was already in limited use -- but the piece more explicitly prefigures e-Mail or social media as a class. Radebaugh would transform the feature in 1963 into Jet Swift and His Science Stamps -- which proved to be a short-lived attraction. Radebaugh's impeccable design sense lends a textbook-like quality. Margin contains the rubber-stamp imprint of Trib Syndicate honcho Maurice T. Reilly. Ink and crayon over graphite on ingrained Coquille board. The red-ink highlights were applied as guides for the color-engraving department. Image area, 17" x 12". Sporadic moisture-staining, with a faint musty odor. Very Good condition.

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    January, 2020
    19th-20th Sunday-Monday
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    I have done a preliminary analysis and the total of the hammer prices was $67,550. With BP, the final figure was $80,722.25. That is against the total insurance value of $34,785 or 2.32 x ‘pre-auction estimate’. Incredible, really, so a big thanks.
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