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Jack Nicholson’s Ax From The Shining Sold At Auction For More Than $200,000

The ax Jack Nicholson’s character in The Shining used to terrorize his family sold at auction in England for more than $200,000.

The prop from the 1980 Stanley Kubrick horror flick sold for 170,000 British pounds — equivalent to $208,956 — at the Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction in London. The prop features a three-foot-long wooden handle and a blade that is about one foot long and an inch thick.

In the movie, Nicholson’s character Jack Torrance has a mental break while caretaking the fictional Overlook hotel for the winter season.

In one of the most iconic film scenes, Torrance eventually wields the ax and breaks down a bathroom door with the ax while his terrified wife hides inside.

This axe was purchased by a crew member at a sale of the movie’s assets at the end of filming, along with other props, costumes and set decoration. It was specifically selected as the crew member involved needed an axe to chop wood at home. Fortunately, the axe was never used for this purpose, and was kept safely for decades.

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Van Eaton Galleries Presents “The Art of Entertainment” Auction

Pop culture is everywhere. It reflects the ideas, attitudes, and perspectives of the era, and has done so for decades. Van Eaton Galleries has announced its first joint popular culture and Disneyland auction: The Art of Entertainment, to take place at Van Eaton Galleries in Sherman Oaks, California on May 4th, 2019 beginning at 10:00 a.m. PT. On offer are 700 rare and extraordinary items, many of which are at auction for the first time. From original artwork to the memorabilia that defined our youth and shaped our world, The Art of Entertainment auction will celebrate important moments from television, film, Disney theme parks, and more. The vast array of art and memorabilia to be offered will surprise even the most avid collectors, with iconic moments immortalized by famous artists, designers, and artisans spanning from the early 1930s to today.

Pop culture has defined our world. It’s that blend of ideas and objects which captures our attention and doesn’t let go, whether it be a mainstream favorite or a cult classic. The works which can claim the hearts of fans live on, continuing to shape popular culture well past their production date, and The Art of Entertainment collection captures the art and imagination which inspires such loyalty.

Who can forget their fascination with the world’s original Superheroes: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and Spider-Man? What about the laughter evoked when watching your favorite episode of “Happy Days” or reading comic strips featuring Charles Schulz’s lovable Charlie Brown? From Dr. Seuss’ “Cat in the Hat” to the whimsical magic of “Mary Poppins,” this extraordinary auction will commemorate the most nostalgic moments of our time. Rare items from Disneyland, award-winning television series, and favorite cartoons are just some of the items on offer.

Highlights of “The Art of Entertainment” include a signed original Dr. Seuss “The Cat in the Hat” drawing (Estimate: $6,000-$9,000); an original Charles Schulz “Peanuts” comic strip (Estimate: $15,000-$20,000); a rare original “Superman” poster painting by Drew Struzan ($7,000-$9,000); a rare “Batman” Drew Struzan original poster painting (Estimate:$7,000-$9,000); a rare, large original painting created by renowned cartoonist Charles Addams for the 1976 feature film “Murder by Death” (Columbia 1976) – (Estimate: $30,000-$40,000); an extremely rare and complete “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” exhibition campaign book ($1,500-$2,500); a “Spider-Man” original poster painting ($6,000-$8,000); a Collection of “Happy Days” slides and photos (Estimate: $100-$200); a 20th Century Fox large neon sign by famed neon sculpture artist Lili Lakich (Estimate: $5,000-$8,000); a “Wonder Woman” original poster painting (Estimate: $5,000-$7,000); and Walt Disney’s “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”  (Disney, 1954) presentation Nautilus, which was the original wooden Nautilus model Disney used to promote the film (Estimate: $20,000-$30,000).

Pop culture moments from film and television are also highlighted with items including a “Star Wars” (Lucas Films, 1997) cast and crew signed poster (Estimate: $2,000-$3,000); a Peter Ellenshaw “The Black Hole” (Disney, 1979) original concept drawing (Estimate $1,000-$2,000); “Back to the Future Part III” (Universal, 1990) original artwork by legendary poster artist Drew Struzan (Estimate: $20,000-$30,000); a “Men in Black” (Columbia, 1991) Neutralizer prop (Estimate: $2,000-$3,000); a “Mary Poppins” original chimney sweep concept painting (Estimate $8,000-$10,000); a Madonna uniform from “A League of Their Own” (Estimate: $3,000-$5,000); original “Willy Wonka” (Paramount, 1967) candy room concept art (Estimate: $5,000-$7,000); a Bally “Tommy” (Bally, 1975) Pinball Wizard machine (Estimate: $2,000-$3,000); “The Simpsons” original cel and matching background from the first episode (Estimate: $1,500-$2,500) and an original John Alvin “Pocahontas” poster concept (Estimate: $1,000-$2,000). The collection is too vast and covers too many eras of television and film to provide a complete list of items offered at this auction, but it includes art from “Star Trek,” “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” “Escape from Alcatraz,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” ‘Planet of the Apes,” “Jaws,” and so much more.

Other highlights include The Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine” (King Features, 1968) animation cels (Estimate: $2,000-$3,000); vintage Marx toy displays (Estimate: $2,500-$3,500), and hundreds of remarkable Disneyland artifacts and art. Some notable Disneyland highlights include an original hand-silkscreened 1956 Disneyland Hotel attraction poster (Estimate: $5,000-$7,000); a complete set of 6 near-attraction posters from 1966 (Estimate: $3,500-$4,500); a 1955 “Jungle Cruise” prop Impala ear display (Estimate: $1,500-$2,500); an original Mark Twain and Keel Boats 1955 attraction poster (Estimate: $6,000-$8,000); a “Big Thunder Mountain” 1980 brownline (Estimate: $400-$600); an extremely rare  “Pirates of the Caribbean” original painting (Estimate: $3,000-$5,000); a “Fantasmic” crocodile model by Kevin Kidney (Estimate: $2,000-$4,000); an original 1955 “Fantasyland” attraction poster (Estimate: $6,000-$8,000); an original 1959 Paul Hartley “Matterhorn Bobsleds” attraction poster (Estimate: $6,000-$8,000); the 1967 “Adventure Thru Inner Space” Atommobile prop (Estimate: $6,000-$8,000), and so much more.

“The Art of Entertainment” auction showcases decades of film, television, and print work which has defined pop culture in our lifetime. This collection brings together a massive and varied array of art, props, original paintings and drawings, memorabilia, and collectibles from some of the most famous moments in popular entertainment. This auction offers the excitement of very rare items never sold before at auction, but also evokes a sense of nostalgia and sentimentality for those artists and performers whose work defined us in our youth. We are so honored to be able to offer such remarkable items to fans and collectors around the globe. – Mike Van Eaton, Co-Founder, Van Eaton Galleries

“The Art of Entertainment” auction covers decades beginning in the late 1930s through today. The extraordinary selection has taken years to amass by collectors around the globe and pop culture enthusiasts. Van Eaton Galleries will conduct the one-day auction on-site, online, and by phone. Interested bidders are encouraged to register early. Media interested in covering is requested to email or call the press contact listed below.

For more information or to order a collectible catalog visit www.vegalleries.com/popculture.

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Holy Grail Found: Rare Penny Might Be Worth $1.7M After It Was Found In Boy’s Lunch Money

A penny that a Massachusetts teenager found in his change from lunch money could be worth as much as $1.65 million when it is auctioned off.

The 1943 Lincoln penny is made up of copper and has been described as the “most famous” coin made in error, according to Heritage Auctions, which is auctioning off the coin. Only 20 were ever made and for years the U.S. government denied its existence, but one coin was found by Don Lutes Jr. in his school cafeteria in March 1947.

“Despite relentless searching by eager collectors over a period of more than 70 years, only a handful of legitimate specimens have ever been discovered,” Heritage wrote on its website. “PCGS CoinFacts estimates the surviving population at no more than 10-15 examples in all grades. We have compiled a roster of all specimens certified by the two leading grading services below, including an unknown number of resubmissions and crossovers.”

In the 1940s, copper was considered a strategic metal, largely because of World War II, as it was used to make shell casings, telephone wire and other wartime necessities. To preserve the metal, 1943 Lincoln pennies were made of zinc-coated steel, but a tiny fraction of the pennies put into circulation wound up using copper.

Almost as soon as the pennies were pressed, rumors began to emerge that some copper cents had made their way into circulation. The frenzy had become so heightened that it was speculated that car magnate Henry Ford would give a new car to anyone who could give him one of these copper pennies, though that speculation was later proven false.

“Stories appeared in newspapers, comic books, and magazines and a number of fake copper-plated steel cents were passed off as fabulous rarities to unsuspecting purchasers,” the auction house added on its website. “Despite the mounting number of reported finds, the Mint steadfastly denied any copper specimens had been struck in 1943.”

The rumors of the copper penny, described as “the Holy Grail of mint errors,” were eventually proven true after it was found out that copper planchets – which are actually made of bronze – had become lodged in the trap doors of the mobile tote bins used to feed blank coins in the presses at the end of 1942. The planchets went unnoticed and eventually “became dislodged and were fed into the coin press, along with the wartime steel blanks,” Heritage wrote on its website.

Other genuine examples of the 1943 Lincoln copper penny have been found, including 10-15 from the Philadelphia Mint, a half dozen from the San Francisco Mint and one from the Denver Mint.

At the time, Lutes, who was 16, had heard of the rumor about Ford, but when he was later told it was false, kept the coin for himself in his collection. Over the years, he received offers for the coin and eventually even inquired with the U.S. Treasury about it, but was told that it was fraudulent, that “All pennies struck in 1943 were zinc coated steel” and eventually decided to just keep it for his collection.

Before the switch took place, a handful of cents were mistakenly minted in copper, making a 1943 Bronze Lincoln cent coin one of the most famous coins in U.S. history: 76 years later, the very first of these error coins ever discovered will make history when Heritage Auctions offers the rarity Jan. 10 in Orlando, Florida.

The 1943 zinc-coated steel pennies proved to be so unpopular with the public that they were eventually replaced with brass recovered from shell casings.

Lutes passed away in September and now the coin is going up for auction, where no one really knows what it will sell for, Sarah Miller of Heritage Auctions said. “This is the most famous error coin in American numismatics and that’s what makes this so exciting: No one really knows what it’s going to sell for,” Miller said 

The auction is ongoing and is slated to end on January 10.

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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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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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