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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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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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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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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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Amazing Fantasy #15 Sets World Record Price & Sells For $454,100

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A copy of Amazing Fantasy #15, the 1962 first appearance of Spider-man, sold at Heritage Auctions in Dallas on Feb. 18, 2016 for $454,100, a record price at public auction for the comic. The Near-Mint, 9.4 CGC copy claimed top lot honors in Heritage’s $5.7+ million Comics & Comic Art Signature Auction.

The copy was purchased in 1980 by New York area collector Walter Yakaboski, a comic book collector, who had the opportunity to buy a handful of key early Marvel comic books for the very tidy sum of $10,000 – a good bit to spend in those days. Among them was the copy of Amazing Fantasy #15, the landmark first appearance of Spider-Man. The portion of the trove it is figured today they he spent on Spidey is about $1,200.

This copy of Amazing Fantasy #15 was not known to the collecting hobby before this auction, as Yakaboski kept it almost perfectly preserved in a safe deposit box for 35 years. The book was purchased by an anonymous collector. Another Spider-Man comic from Yakaboski’s collection drew serious attention as a  1963 copy of The Amazing Spider-Man #1 sold for $110,537.

“It’s a superbly preserved copy of one of the most sought-after comic books in the world,” said Lon Allen, Managing Director of the Comics Department at Heritage. “It’s worth well more than its weight in gold. There are very few like this one.”

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Movie Posters Found Under Floor May Bring Six Figures At Heritage Auctions

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A trove of a 17 rare movie posters discovered under a linoleum floor in southern Pennsylvania may be worth more than $140,000 when they cross the block at public auction Nov. 21-22 in Dallas. The find holds lost pieces of Hollywood history – including five, never-before-seen posters such as Clark Gable’s first starring role and the  Style D one sheet for Tarzan The Ape Man, which is expected to sell for more than $40,000 at Heritage Auctions.

The stash was discovered last summer by Bob and Dylan Basta while renovating a back room in their father’s newly-purchased home. When Bob and Dylan removed a dated linoleum floor they discovered layers of newspapers from the 1940s and 14 movie posters from obscure films they had never heard of well as the well-known Tarzan.

More information about the auction can be found HERE.

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