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The Incredible Hulk # 1 Comic Estimated To Sell Between $125,000 To $175,000 At Auction

The first comic book issue of The Incredible Hulk from May 1962 will be auctioned by Huggins & Scott Auctions from November 2- November 15. Interested bidders may participate in the auction online.

This first issue is considered one of the most valuable and prestigious comics of the Silver Age. Marvel Comics published the inaugural issue of the Incredible Hulk in May 1962, which was part of an enormous resurgence of super-hero comics in the early 1960’s. The comic book being auctioned earned a Universal Grade of 8.5 from the leading comic book grader CGC.

The consignor read this 56-year old Hulk Comic once as a youth and kept it in storage since 1962.  Well known to be a super tough comic to find in upper grades, this high-demand pivotal issue continues to show astonishing sale price increases, reaching a Fair Market Value of $175,000 in recent years.

The popularity of the Incredible Hulk comic series led to Marvel Studio producing a superhero film The Incredible Hulk in 2008. The film starred Edward Norton as Bruce Banner/Hulk. Mark Ruffalo replaced Norton as the Hulk in the 2012 film The Avengers. Ruffalo reprised the Hulk role in Avengers: Age of Ultron and Avengers: Infinity War.

The comic book is estimated to sell between $125,000 to $175,000.

Additional information on the comic book can be found HERE.

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Rare 1932 Poster For ‘The Mummy’ Expected To Fetch Over $1 Million At Sotheby’s Auction

Inspired by the opening of Tutankhamun’s tomb just a decade earlier, 1932’s The Mummy starring Boris Karloff was one of the three early horror releases for Universal that set the tone for the genre. 

Now an extremely rare movie poster for The Mummy could become the most expensive in the world after it goes up for auction from Sothebys. The auction house expects the poster to fetch anywhere from $1 million to as much as $1.5 million. Just three original posters for The Mummy are believed to still exist. The other two are in the hands of private collectors, including one that’s owned by Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett. This rare original stone lithograph was designed by Universal advertising art director Karoly Groszis and is considered one of the most prized film posters in existence.

The poster for The Mummy last sold at auction for $453,500 in 1997. It was the most expensive movie poster ever sold and held that title until 2014 when a 1927 poster for London After Midnight broke The Mummy’s record selling for $478,000. The current record holder is a 1931 poster for Dracula, which sold for $525,800 last year.

Check out the auction HERE.

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Top 10 Most Expensive Original Comic Book Art

Here is a list of the top 10 most expensive original comic art ever sold. The increasing popularity of original comic art has resulted in seven figure price tags for certain pieces of art. Three of these top 10 pieces were sold recently this year in 2018!

#1 – Death Dealer #6 Cover

This cover art by Frank Frazetta was sold for $1,792,500 on May 10, 2018.

#2- Fritz the Cat Cover

This cover by Robert Crumb sold for $717,000 on May 18, 2017.

#3 – The Amazing Spider-Man #328 Cover

This cover by Todd McFarlane sold for $657,250 on Jul 26, 2012. Many of Todd McFarlane’s Spider-Man covers fetch a hefty price.

#4 – The Incredible Hulk #180 Page

This art page by Herb Trimpe and Jack Abel sold for $657,250 on May 16, 2014. It features the first appearance of Wolverine.

#5 – The Dark Knight Returns #2 Cover

This original art cover by Frank Miller sold for $478,000 on Aug 2, 2013.

#6 – The Amazing Spider-Man #100 Cover

This Spider-Man cover art by John Romita Sr. and Frank Giacoia sold for $478,000 on Feb 23, 2018.

#7 – The Dark Knight #3 Batman and Robin Splash Page

This original art splash page was created by Frank Miller and Klaus Janson and sold for $448,125 on May 5, 2011.

#8 – Green Lantern #76 Cover

This original art cover created by Neal Adams sold for $442,150 on Nov 20, 2015.

#9 – Tintin, The Red Sea Sharks Page

This is a more recent high price sale for a Tintin page by Hergé (Georges Rémi). It sold for $425,000 on Jun 2, 2018.

#10 – Spider-Man #1 Cover

Another Todd McFarlane cover makes it to the top 10. This Spider-Man cover sold for $358,500 on Jul 26, 2012.

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Banksy Painting ‘Self-Destructs’ Moments After Being Sold For $1.4 Million At Auction

Yesterday Sotheby’s in London held an auction for the iconic Banksy painting “Girl With Balloon (2006)” and as soon the auction completed for £1,042,000 ($1.4 million), the special “artist’s frame” created by Banksy that held the painting proceeded to shred the famous work of art. 

After the incident, Alex Branczik, Sotheby’s senior director and head of contemporary art in Europe, was quoted as saying “It appears we just got Banksy-ed”. Sotheby’s issued a statement about situation: “We have talked with the successful purchaser who was surprised by the story. We are in discussion about next steps.”

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Dumbo Flies Off For $483,000 In $8.3 Million Disneyland Auction

An auction of Disneyland theme park vehicles, props and artifacts that turned into a Los Angeles attraction in its own right raised more than $8.3 million, organizers said on Monday.

An original Dumbo the Flying Elephant ride car sold for $483,000 (this was purchased by Drew Carey) – more than four times the pre-sale estimate – while magician David Copperfield nabbed a neon letter D from the Disneyland hotel for $86,250, auctioneers Van Eaton Galleries said.

The 900-item collection was so vast that organizers and collector Richard Kraft staged a “That’s From Disneyland” public exhibit for the month of August in a former sporting goods store in suburban Los Angeles that was visited by tens of thousands of people. One couple even got married there.

Kraft, a Hollywood agent, began collecting 25 years ago spurred by nostalgia for his visits with his late brother to Disneyland in southern California. He kept many of the items, including the Dumbo car, in his own home.

“When I finally decided to let it go it became much more about throwing a grand Bon Voyage party to those magical artifacts than about making projections about their worth,” Kraft said in a statement after the two-day sale at the weekend.

“I’m still in a state of shock that Dumbo, Jose the talking parrot and trash cans from Disneyland could make me feel as if I won the lottery,” he added.

Jose, an animatronic bird from the Tiki Room, sold for $425,000 and the auction shattered several records for Disneyland posters and theme park signs. A Skyway gondola original vehicle from the 1950s, which sold for $621,000, set a new auction record for a Disneyland ride, Van Eaton Galleries said.

Kraft said he will donate a portion of the proceeds to two organizations benefiting children who, like his 4-year-old daughter Daisy, suffer from the rare genetic disorder Coffin-Siris Syndrome, and other special needs.

Reprinted from Reuters: LINK

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1980 Concept Poster For The Empire Strikes Back Sold By Heritage Auctions For $26,400

A rare Star Wars concept poster printed for the 1980 sequel The Empire Strikes Back sold Sunday for $26,400 at Heritage Auctions, setting a world record as the most expensive movie poster from the space opera ever sold at auction.

The poster was estimated to sell for between $5,000 and $10,000 in Heritage Auctions’ Movie Poster Auction, which realized more than $1.6 million.

“This poster is considered to be one of the more rare posters in the entire Star Wars trilogy,” said Grey Smith, Director of Vintage Posters at Heritage Auctions. “This poster is unique as it features the complete Kastel artwork in the original color palette for the second in George Lucas’ trilogy.”

One of a handful of original examples known to exist, the poster was a trial run featuring art by artist Roger Kastel. Kastel took inspiration from a poster for Gone with the Wind for the film’s 1974 re-release. That poster features an image of Clark Gable carrying Vivien Leigh surrounded by flames. In Kastel’s poster, characters Han Solo and Princess Leia Organa share a similar embrace while surrounded by action scenes and a menacing visage of villain Darth Vader.

Perhaps done as a test printing of the International edition of the poster, this version includes images of Lando Calrissian, Boba Fett, Cloud City and more. When the studio made their final revisions, those additional elements were removed from the original Kastel design, as they were considered too busy.

The studio also went with a darker color scheme of mostly blues and purples, losing the vibrant reds and oranges from Kastel’s original vision.

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That’s From Disneyland Auction & Exhibition

Van Eaton Galleries is ecstatic to present “That’s from Disneyland”…an incredible two day auction featuring the collection of Richard Kraft, mega collector and Disneyland enthusiast. 

Featuring original pre-1955 concept art, ride vehicles, props, attraction posters, paper goods, toys and more. This auction represents one of the largest collections of its kind in the world. Housed at an abandoned sporting goods store in Sherman Oaks, this is a free pop-up Exhibition from August 1st through the 24th, with a live auction scheduled for the 25th and 26th of August! Special events and concerts are scheduled throughout the month, see below. This is an event not to be missed!

More info HERE.

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Stephen King Book Auction To Be Held On July 2, 2018 In Bangor, Maine

On July 2, the Nocturnem Draft Haus in Bangor, Maine will host a first-of-its-kind event, to raise money for pediatric cancer research.

Bookstore owner Gerald Winters was chosen by David, Donna and Sarie Morrell, to help them with a historic Stephen King event.

The Matt Morrell and Natalie Sanchez Pediatric Cancer Research fund—located at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics in Iowa City, IA—provides grassroots funding for the Pediatric Oncology Department to aid research for improved treatments and cures of Ewing’s sarcoma and the Sarcoma Family of Tumors, as well as other cancers which may benefit from advanced research of this disease. In 1987, David’s son Matthew died from Ewing’s sarcoma at the age of 15. In 2009, his granddaughter Natalie Sanchez died from same disease at the age of 14.

Through the generosity of the Morrell family, as well as Stephen King who graciously signed his original manuscripts, this auction will offer for the first time in history, eight autographed Stephen King typescripts (including the 1566 pages of IT), two uncorrected proofs, and nearly two dozen more signed, limited editions, first editions, and one creepy horror magazine.

Some of these typescripts have never been seen by people outside of the Morrell family, and Stephen King’s family, and will probably never be available again.

If you love to read or collect the vast works of Stephen King, or David Morrell, or you simply wish to support a great endeavor that survives on the donations of caring individuals such as yourself, this is an event that you do not want to miss.

On the night of the auction, and through this website, donors to the fund will receive a signed first edition of David Morrell’s Fireflies: A Father’s Tale of Love and Loss, about Matt, his illness, the valiant staff at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, and grief.

100% of the proceeds will go directly to the fund. If you would like to see which items will be auctioned or get more information, please click HERE.

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Seth Rogen’s Hilarity For Charity Announces All-Star Cast

Today, Netflix has announced the all-star guest lineup for Seth Rogen’s upcoming special, Seth Rogen’s Hilarity for Charity, where Rogen and friends combine stand-up, sketches and music into an outrageous comedy special that could only come from the mind of Seth.

Guests that will appear in the special include Tiffany Haddish, Sarah Silverman, Michelle Wolf, John Mulaney, James Corden,The Muppets, Post Malone, Nick Kroll, Kumail Nanjiani, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jeff Goldblum, Michael Che, Craig Robinson & The Nasty Delicious.

This marks the sixth annual Hilarity for Charity event put together by Seth and Lauren Rogen. The event will be filmed Saturday, March 24 at The Hollywood Palladium and is the first time that is has been broadcast.

“We started the Los Angeles variety show six years ago in order to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s, a disease that has touched so many families including my own. Our goal is to educate a younger audience and ultimately create the next generation of advocates for the cause,” said HFC Co-Founder Lauren Miller Rogen. “I am so thrilled to be able to share this year’s show with an even larger audience through our partnership with Netflix and are proud to have them as a partner.”

In 2012, Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller Rogen founded Hilarity for Charity as a resource for the millennial generation, to help bridge the gap in understanding the landscape of Alzheimer’s disease. Using this unique approach, HFC aims to significantly improve outcomes for all family members contending with Alzheimer’s disease by 2020.

Seth Rogen’s Hilarity for Charity will stream globally on Netflix in April.

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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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