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Batman painting traded for stack of comics sells for $173,000


A painting of Batman traded five decades ago for a stack of comic books sold at auction Thursday for $173,000.

Titled A Sinister Figure Lurks in the Shadows, the oil painting was created in 1962 by renowned California pop artist Mel Ramos, then an unknown. It was given by Ramos that year to Bill Steinfelt in exchange for “a bunch of old books,” and remained in his collection until now.

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Tintin art sells for $1.7 million at Paris auction


A two-page spread from the 1939 Tintin book King Ottokar’s Sceptre sold at a Paris auction over the weekend for a whopping $1.7 million.

Drawn by Herge, the scene depicts Tintin and his faithful companion Snowy in a dramatic crash after their plane has shot down. BBC News notes that although the artwork had a guide price of about $879,000, it sold for nearly twice that amount in a bidding war at the Sotheby’s auction between four potential buyers.

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‘Missing’ Batman painting expected to fetch $100,000 at auction


A 1962 painting of Batman by pop artist Mel Ramos, long thought missing, is expected to sell at auction next month for as much as $100,000.

Called A Sinister Figure Lurks in the Shadows, the oil painting has all this time been in the collection of Bill Steinfelt, who received it in1962 after trading Ramos, then an unknown young painter, a pile of comic books. Or, as Steinfelt refers to them, “a bunch of old books.”

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NYCC: Marvel artists create superhero helmets for FDNY auction


As part of the 150th-anniversary celebration of the Fire Department, City of New York, the FDNY Foundation has teamed with Marvel to display and auction off specially designed helmets at New York Comic Con.

According to the New York Daily News, 10 helmets featuring Captain America, Iron Man, Spider-Man, The Hulk and Black Widow and others were designed by such artists as Joe Quesada, Kaare Andrews, Walt Simonson and Damion Scott. The full lineup will be unveiled today during the “This Week in Marvel” podcast at Discovery Times Square.

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Ride into a galaxy far, far away with a sweet “Star Wars” Corvette

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If you’re a hardcore Star Wars fan and have a bit of disposable income, this is most definitely the car you’re looking for.

Ebay user easternvette has listed a used 1974 Corvette with a custom airbrushed Star Wars theme–with the current bid at $8,100.

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Own A piece of punk cartooning history with William Stout’s ‘Rock N Roll High School’ poster art


Though his initial days as an illustrator of sci-fi and counter culture comic books and strips were mostly behind him as the 1980s approached, William Stout continued to leave a mark on American cartooning via his many movie posters. Proliferating during the heyday of VHS, the artist’s work on features like Ralph Bakshi’s Wizards and Monty Python’s Life of Brian are burned into the brains of a generation of junk culture aficionados.

Now fans of Stout or the first big wave of American punk rock can own an iconic piece of his art in the form of the original illustration for the 1979 cult classic Rock N Roll High School. Produced by Roger Corman, the teenage send-up gave the Ramones some of their widest exposure ever and launched a best-selling soundtrack album.

Heritage Auctions has the poster art live on eBay through this weekend. With a starting bid of $2,400, it’s likely that the winner will have to pay out more than the Ramones ever made off the door at CBGB’s. But it might be worth it if you care about history.

1966 Batmobile replica could fetch $175,000 at auction


A replica of the Batmobile from the 1966 Batman television series could bring as much as $175,000 this weekend at a car auction in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Purported to be only the sixth Batmobile replica produced, by Jay Orhrberg Hollywood Cars, it was used in a U.S. tour warning children of the dangers of alcohol and drugs.

A Batcycle replica is expected to sell for somewhere between $10,000 and $20,000.

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‘Tintin’ cover sells for near-record $2.8 million at auction

tintin-shooting star-colorThe original cover for the 1942 Tintin book The Shooting Star sold at auction for more than $2.8 million, just shy of the record price paid last year for a piece of Hergé’s art.

Comic book dealers Petits Papiers-Huberty-Breyne told Agence France-Presse the yellowing art was purchased by a European investor who “is neither Belgian nor French.” No other details about the buyer’s identity were disclosed.

The Shooting Star cover is one of just five that remains in the hands of private collectors. Most of  Hergé’s work is held by Moulinsart, the Brussels-based organization established in 1987 by the cartoonist’s widow Fanny Rodwell

The 10th volume of The Adventures of Tintin, The Shooting Star follows Tintin, his faithful dog Snowy and his friend Captain Haddock as they take part in a scientific expedition to the Arctic Ocean to find a meteorite before it’s uncovered by a rival team.

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Breyfogle ‘Batman Beyond’ original cover up for bid to benefit artist


To raise money to help in the recovery of Norm Breyfogle, who suffered a stroke last month, writer Adam Beechen is auctioning a piece of original cover art for Batman Beyond, signed by the veteran illustrator. Beechen and Breyfogle worked together on the digital-first DC Comics series.

The cover, featuring Batman and the Metal Men, was used for digital chapters 24-26 and printed in the 2014 collection “Batgirl Begins.” Beechen purchased the piece from Breyfogle.

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Original ‘Tintin’ cover could fetch as much as $2.9 million

tintin-shooting star-colorHergé’s original cover art for the 1942 Tintin book The Shooting Star is expected to sell for as much as $2.9 million when it goes up for auction at the Brussels Antiques and Fine Arts Fair, which kicks off Saturday in Belgium.

It’s a hefty sum that could rival the record price paid in May for an original double-page spread created by the Belgian artist for the inside covers of Tintin books published between 1937 and 1958. Another drawing of Tintin, created by Hergé in 1939 for the cover of the weekly magazine Le Petit Vingtième, sold last month for $670,000.

Agence France-Presse notes that the Shooting Star cover was one of just five that remains in the hands of private collectors. Most of  Hergé’s work is held by Moulinsart (aka the Hergé Foundation), the Brussels-based organization establshed in 1987 by the cartoonist’s widow Fanny Rodwell. The foundation oversees the Hergé estate as well as the Hergé Museum outside Brussels.

The 10th volume of The Adventures of Tintin, The Shooting Star follows Tintin, his faithful dog Snowy and his friend Captain Haddock as they take part in a scientific expedition to the Arctic Ocean to find a meteorite before it’s uncovered by a rival team.

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Wolverine’s claws from ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’ are for sale


Although 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand is likely nobody’s favorite installment of the franchise, there are plenty of fans who’d like to get their hands on at least one piece of memorabilia from the Fox film: Wolverine’s adamantium claws. And on Tuesday they’ll get their chance.

The 10.5-inche resin blades used by star Hugh Jackman are expected to go for as much as $23,550 (£15,000) at the biannual pop culture sale held in London by Christie’s auction house.

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Vasilis Lolos auctioning art to benefit stray dogs in Greece


Original art is a growing market for creators and fans alike, and for the holidays artist Vasilis Lolos is selling choice pages of his work for a good cause. The Last Call cartoonist is auctioning off pages from his work at Marvel, Image and Dark Horse, as well as his self-published projects, with all proceeds to benefit stray dogs in Athens, Greece.

“During this time of winter and the constant bombings and riots, these stray dogs need a helping hand,” Lolos says. “This is why I created these auctions, so I can sell my artwork really cheap but help somebody in need.”

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Iconic Winnie-the-Pooh drawing sells for record price

poohsticksOne of the most famous illustrations of Winnie-the-Pooh sold at auction today in London for a record $490,470, more than three times initial estimates.

According to Agence France-Presse, E.H. Shepard’s ink drawing of Pooh playing Poohsticks with Piglet and Christopher Robin broke the world record for any book illustration sold by Sotheby’s auction house. A pencil drawing of the same scene went fore more than $92,000 last year.

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The piece was first published in 1928 in A.A. Milne’s The House at Pooh Corner, serving both as an illustration for Chapter 6 — “In which Pooh invents a new game and Eeyore joins in” — and as the frontispiece.

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First official Batmobile fetches $137,000 at auction


The earliest known licensed Batmobile — a customized 1956 Oldsmobile 88 built in a New Hampshire barn — sold at auction over the weekend for a whopping $137,000.

As we noted last month, the vehicle has more humble origins than the iconic Lincoln Futura concept car created by George Barris for the 1966 Batman television series: Completed in 1963, it was built from the ground up by 23-year-old Forrest Robinson and his friend Len Perham simply to drive around.

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‘Action Comics’ #1 leads $7.17 million comics auction

action-310000A CGC-graded 3.0 copy of Action Comics #1 fetched $310,700 in a recent $7.17 million comics and comics art auction, Heritage Auctions announced.

That’s a far cry from the record $3.2 million paid in August for a pristine copy of the 1938 first appearance of Superman, but certainly nothing to sneeze at.

“High-end, vintage comic books across the board continue to show incredible market durability,” Ed Jaster, Heritage’s senior vice president, said in a statement. “The auction total, at $7.17 million, is the third-highest grossing comics auction in history, period.”

Other comic book highlights of the Nov. 20-22 auction include a CGC-graded 7.0 copy of Pep Comics #22, featuring the first appearance of Archie Andrews ($143,400) and a CGC-graded 6.5 copy of Captain America Comics #1 ($107,550).

The auction house also noted high prices paid for the first appearances of Wonder Woman and Aquaman, which it attributes to anticipation for the characters’ big-screen debuts: a CGC-graded 5.5 copy of All Star Comics #8 sold for $44,813, more than triple its list value, and a CGC-graded 3.5 copy of More Fun Comics #73 went for $38,838, 10 times its guide price.

Also of note: Bill Everett’s original cover art for 1967’s Strange Tales #152, depicting Doctor Strange and Umar, sold for $71,700, while Frank Frazetta’s 1967 cover painting for Jongor Fights Back fetched an impressive $179,250.

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