Category Archives: Charity / Auction

Original Cover Art For The Amazing Spider-Man #100 May Bring $300,000 At Heritage Auctions

The Original Cover Art from The Amazing Spider-Man #100  – considered one of the most iconic covers of the 1970s – could sell for as much as $300,000 in Heritage Auctions’ winter Comics & Comic Art event February 22-24. Brimming with fresh-to-market high-grade vintage books, the auction features rarely seen art, such as Frank Frazetta’s Tree of Life Original Painting (est. $300,000). 

Artists John Romita Sr.’s and Frank Giacoia’s cover art for The Amazing Spider-Man #100 masterfully portrays Spidey and dozens of famous canon characters and marks the first time the artwork has ever been offered at auction. Collaborating with the legendary Stan Lee, the two understood the anniversary issue’s cover needed to be a masterpiece. Historians and fans alike rank the cover among the most influential of all time.

“This cover was done during the peak period of John Romita, Sr.’s artwork, at a time when Spider-Man’s popularity was extremely high,” Heritage Auctions’ Senior Vice President for Fine & Decorative Arts Ed Jaster said. “John Romita, Sr., had done the covers and interior of Spider-Man #39-95, and he changed the character from a kind of nerdy high school kid to a more self-confident college student, which is part of the reason why Spider-Man was able to capture more of an older market.”

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Dragon Rebound Editions Offering A Custom Bound Stephen King Firestarter For Auction

Dragon Rebound Editions is offering a rare custom bound Stephen King Firestarter for auction.

This is one of only two prototype copies that were made for the purpose of experimenting with different wood finishes. This copy has a gloss finish as opposed to matte which was used for the final run. Included is a black and white ‘flame and eyes’ original drawing by Steven Stroud which is bound into the book, and it is designated “Prototype” on the colophon page. It will include a signed print of the Firestarter cover art, the custom clamshell box, and a letter of provenance.

To participate in this silent auction, send an email using the contact form HERE with your highest bid. The winning bid will be adjusted so that it is $100 more than the next highest bid. For example, if the 2nd highest is $2,500, and the highest is $3,000, the winning bid will be adjusted to $2,600. The minimum opening bid is $1,000.

The auction will end at 12:00PM Pacific Time on Friday, January 12, 2018. Shipping is free in the United States. A portion of the proceeds from this auction will be donated to a charity for the elderly and disabled.

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20 Pieces of Vintage Disneyland Were Auctioned Off And Here’s What People Paid For Them

How much would you pay for an original piece of vintage Disneyland? How about a “Zorro” costume worn by Guy Williams for $28,750? Or an original prospectus for potential investors in Disneyland, which fetched $10,600? Those were some of the hundreds of memorabilia items sold at the “Remembering Disneyland” auction earlier this month in Sherman Oaks.

Hundreds of bidders from around the world went online, called in by phone or bid in person during the 7-hour Van Eaton Galleries auction on Dec. 16 of Disneyland items owned by former cast members and early designers.

“There was something for everyone in this auction. It was also very special because most of the items in it came from people that actually worked at the park, or had a hand in creating it,” said Mike Van Eaton, Co-Founder of Van Eaton Galleries. “Next year we will be hosting several more Disney-related auctions offering rare and unique items from the “Happiest Place on Earth.”

What sold for the most money? HERE are some of the results:

This original lobby prop key cabinet from the Tower of Terror attraction at Disney California Adventure sold at auction for $12,650. 

This original model for creation of the elephants on Disneyland’s Jungle Cruise sold for $12,075.

This 1969 hand-silk-screened poster advertising the Haunted Mansion and its “hitchhiking ghosts” sold for $6,500. 

Collection of 7 Disneyland ticket books and loose tickets issued between 1956 and 1980, including for A-E tickets to ride on Disneyland attractions, sold for $403. 

An early metal cast member’s ID badge, from around 1955 to 1962, sold for $2,875.

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Red Nose Day, Actually

Which member of the Love Actually cast has aged most gracefully? Find out for yourself! Watch The Red Nose Day Special on Thursday, May 25 at 10/9c on NBC.

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Crackle Celebrates Second Season of “The Art of More” By Participating With Bidding For Good To Auction Commissioned Pieces To Benefit Movember Foundation

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In anticipation of the November 16th launch of the second season of Crackle’s critically-acclaimed, scripted original, “The Art of More,” the network has commissioned 10 original works from up-and-coming artists that will be auctioned off through BiddingForGood.com, the e-commerce charitable site. Bidding on the pieces, all inspired by well-known and iconic works of art, runs from November 1st  through Wednesday, November 1 6th , timed to the season two debut of the Crackle series.  All proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Movember Foundation, the leading global men’s health organization, which raises both funds and awareness for prostate cancer, testicular cancer and overall men’s physical and mental health.

Series stars Dennis Quaid, Kate Bosworth, Cary Elwes and Christian Cooke, will participate in the campaign with original PSA’s encouraging fans to support the work of the selected artists and the not-for-profit organization, which encourages men to grow moustaches and MOVE throughout November in an effort to “change the face” of men’s health.  All 10 original pieces, which were created by members of the Poster Posse, a platform where a global network of diverse artists can showcase their original works to a broader audience, will be on display at the New York premiere event which will be attended by the series cast and notables from the art community. The pieces are:

– “The Big Scream” –By Mike Mahle (Morton, IL)- based on “The Scream” by Edvard Munch, 1893
– “La Preciosa” –By Orlando Arocena (Bronx, NY)- based on The Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci, 1504
– “The Three White Dukes” –By Matt Needle (Cardiff, Wales)- based on The Three Musicians by Pablo Picasso, 1921
– “Luncheon of the Molting Party” –By Berkay Daglar (Istanbul, Turkey)- based on “Luncheon of the Boating Party” by Renoir, 1881
– “One Last Game” –By Salvador Anguiano (Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico)- based on “The Card Players” by Paul Cezanne, 1895
– “Harvest Moon” –By Daniel Nash (Bedfordshire, England)- based on “The Starry Night” by Vincent Van Gogh, 1889
– “Triple Abduction” –By Maria Suarez-Inclan (London, England)- based on “The Three Dancers in Exercise Hall” by Degas, 1880
– “The Philosopher’s Throne” –By John Aslarona (Queens, NY)- based on “The Thinker” by Rodin, 1902
– “Girl with the Ceramic Earring” –By Tracie Ching (Washington, D.C.)- based on “Girl with the Pearl Earring” by Vermeer, 1665
– “Venus di Moderno” –By Robert Bruno (Brooklyn, NY)- based on “Venus de Milo” by Alexandros of Antioch, 101BC

Top bidders for each of the 10 pieces will also receive an auction paddle signed by “The Art of More” cast. Bidding for Good auction will be available via web at www.biddingforgood.com/theartofmore and mobile (https://bforg.com/theartofmore)

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How You Can Get A Pair of Nike Mag “Back To The Future” Shoes

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Nike announced plans to release 89 pairs of the “Nike Mag” shoe through an online draw. The shoes light up and feature adaptive lacing—which lets a wearer push a button to tighten or loosen a shoe—making it a true replica to the footwear from the 1989 film Back to the Future Part II.

Contestants can pay $10 to enter the drawing, which will count as a donation to the Michael J. Fox Foundation. There’s no limit to the amount of tickets one can buy, so buying more gives the aspiring sneakerhead a greater chance of winning.

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All of proceeds from the 2016 drawing—which runs from Oct. 4 through Oct. 11—will go to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, and one pair of Nike Mag shoes will also be auction live in three locations: Hong Kong, London, and New York.

You can sign up for the online draw HERE

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Bid On The BatPod

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Created by The Dark Knight production designer Nathan Crowley and crafted by special-effects supervisor Chris Corbould, this unique motorcycle was one of only six built for use during filming.

It has a custom-made chassis, Hoosier racing tires, and a Honda 750 engine, and is outfitted with faux barrels on the front, fiberglass body panels to cover most of the working components, and black foam padding for comfort.

The BatPod arrives with a metal display stand and Warner Bros. certificate of authenticity, and lest you get any vigilante ideas of his own, it’s in “rolling-only” condition, with all its fluids, battery, fuel tank, and throttle controls removed.

Bidding starts at $80,000.

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Fine Copy of Action Comics #1 Fetches $956,000 At Auction

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A fine copy of 1938’s Action Comics #1, featuring the first appearance of Superman, sold at auction Thursday for $956,000, exceeding expectations.

Graded 5.5 out of 10 by the Certified Guarantee Company, the comic is described by Heritage Auctions as having cream to off-white pages, rust-free staples and a brightly colored cover. However, there’s a 1.5-inch spine split at the bottom, which likely prevented the copy from receiving a higher grade. Still, it was expected to sell for “only” about $750,000.

“Having seen many ‘Action’ #1’s over the years, I am deeply impressed with this copy’s eye appeal,” Matt Nelson, CGC’s primary grader, said in a statement. “The book presents as a considerably higher grade than 5.5, lacking the usual fading, staining or creasing commonly seen on mid-grade copies. White and bright, this ‘Action #1 is one of the best looking among the remarkably rare pool of unrestored copies in the world.”

Of course, $956,000 is nowhere near a record price. The finest known copy of Action Comics #1 (9.0 CGC) sold in 2014 on eBay for $3.2 million, rocketing past the previous record of $2.16 million paid in 2011 for a copy once owned by actor Nicolas Cage.

According to Heritage, this copy came from the collection of an East Coast comic book fan who had purchased it in the 1990s for $26,000. Neither the seller nor the buyer wished to be identified.

About 100 copies of Action Comics #1 are known to exist. Of those, only about 30 are unrestored.

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Hands: A Song For Orlando

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Jennifer Lopez, Gwen Stefani, Jason Derulo, Meghan Trainor, Juanes, P!nk, Mary J. Blige, Selena Gomez and Britney Spears are among 24 artists featured on a new recording to raise money for victims of the Pulse nightclub massacre.

The all-star release, “Hands” — a charity single from Interscope Records with support from GLAAD — was conceived by hit songwriter Justin Tranter, co-writer of Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” and hits for Gomez, DNCE, Fall Out Boy and Stefani.

Funds from the song will aid families with medical care, counseling and will also be used for education.

Available now exclusively on iTunes: http://smarturl.it/HandsTribute

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Broadway Stars To Record ‘What The World Needs Now Is Love’ To Benefit LGBT Community After Orlando

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Broadway’s biggest stars are rallying together to support the LGBT community in wake of the Orlando gay nightclub shooting. A slew of theater and Hollywood stars – dubbed Broadway for Orlando – will record a cover of Jackie DeShannon’s 1965 hit “What the World Needs Now Is Love”. People and Playbill will exclusively release the music video of the A-list chorus on Friday; and the track will be available Monday. 100 percent of the proceeds from sales of the song – available to download for $1.99 on BroadwayRecords.com – will go to benefit the LGBT Center of Central Florida.

Sara Bareilles, Roger Bart, Kristen Bell, Wayne Brady, Matthew Broderick, Michael Cerveris, Gloria Estefan, Sutton Foster, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Joel Grey, Sean Hayes, Heather Headley, Megan Hilty, Bill Irwin, Carole King, Jane Krakowski, Nathan Lane, Zachary Levi, Andrea Martin, Audra McDonald, Idina Menzel, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Jessie Mueller, Rosie O’Donnell, Kelli O’Hara, Sarah Jessica Parker, Rosie Perez, Bernadette Peters, Billy Porter, Chita Rivera, Lillias White, Marissa Jaret Winokur, BD Wong and more stars will join together their voices in New York, Los Angeles and Miami on Wednesday to record the benefit single.

SiriusXM Radio host Seth Rudetsky and his husband, producer James Wesley, decided to organize the musical tribute and fundraiser – which was inspired by the 1985 charity track “We Are the World” – on Monday morning and moved quickly.

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