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    Robert Crumb American Splendor #5 Cover Original Art (Harvey Pekar, 1980). Harvey converses with a co-worker he identifies as a "tummler" (Yiddish for "comic entertainer"), in this cover illustration from the fifth issue of Harvey Pekar's self-published "slice of life" comic magazine. Crumb and Pekar had been friends for many years, centered around their mutual love for old blues and jazz records. The blank circle in the lower right was noted on the published cover as, "In this issue: Stories about Sickness and Old People," something Pekar's job as file clerk at Cleveland's Veterans Administration Hospital gave him a great deal of insight. He kept this day job long after becoming famous. The art is in ink and whiteout over light graphite on Bristol board, with an image size of 10" x 12". Matted for an overall size of 15.75" x 8.5". Some handling wear; Excellent condition. From the Eric Sack Collection.

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    May, 2017
    18th-20th Thursday-Saturday
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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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