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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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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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