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Original Tintin art sold for $1.2 million in Hong Kong

An original 1936 original art piece by Belgian cartoonist Herge for a Tintin comic has fetched $1.2 million at a Hong Kong auction. According to the BBC, it is the only original from the book The Blue Lotus. The Asian people do take their cartoon art seriously.

Posted on: Oct 19, 2015,  Section: Auctions, Comic history, Comments: 1 Comment

Another Calvin and Hobbes original hits auction

Just a couple of months after an original Bill Watterson watercolor Sunday of Calvin & Hobbes went for an outstanding $203,150, comes another original Calvin & Hobbes to the auction block. This strip is a daily and was part of a swap of originals between Brian Bassett, creator of Adam@Home and Red and Rover, and […]

Posted on: Feb 4, 2013,  Section: Auctions, Comic strips, Comments: Comments Off on Another Calvin and Hobbes original hits auction

Tintin cover auctioned for $1.6 Million

The BBC reports that a rare 1932 Tintin comic book cover was auctioned off in Paris for a record 1.3 million Euros ($1.6 Million US). The Tintin in America cover, hand-drawn by Belgian writer and illustrator Herge, broke the record – set by the same item in 2008, when it sold for 764,000 euros. It […]

Posted on: Jun 4, 2012,  Section: Auctions, Cartoons, Comments: Comments Off on Tintin cover auctioned for $1.6 Million

Team Cul de Sac Auction opens

At last the auction of all the generously donated art to The Team Cul de Sac book is now available for everyone to bid on. The book is a work of art by itself – if you’ve ordered a copy, you won’t be disappointed. If you haven’t, head over and do so. There are A […]

Posted on: May 27, 2012,  Section: Auctions, Comic strips, Comments: 2 Comments

Irrational exuberance or true appreciation for original comic art?

Gerry Giovinco looks at the uptick in value of comic related art as seen in recent auctions and speculates as to why. Forbes recently ran an article on their site that lists good reasons for investing in comic art but neglects the obvious: Supply and Demand. Though it may seem that there are tons of […]

Posted on: May 22, 2012,  Section: Auctions, Comic Books, Comments: Comments Off on Irrational exuberance or true appreciation for original comic art?

Lichtenstein piece sold for $43M, comic that inspired it? $431

Last week I posted news about a Roy Lichtenstein painting had sold at auction for $43 million. Jeff Darcy (in the comments) noted the original comic art upon which the Pop Art painting was based was recently sold on eBay for “a few hundred bucks.” Turns out it was $431 to be exact. Here’s a […]

Posted on: Nov 18, 2011,  Section: Auctions, Comments: 11 Comments

Lichtenstein painting auctions off for $43 million

A painting by Roy Lichtenstein, the father of pop art and noted for using cartoon images and techniques, has sold for $43 million. The painting, “I Can See the Whole Room! … and There’s Nobody in It!” was created in 1961. From the BBC: The comic strip-inspired work was part of a sale of post-war […]

Posted on: Nov 9, 2011,  Section: Auctions, Comments: 4 Comments

Vintage Superman costumes up for auction

Not sure where Mike Peters bought his Superman costume, but if you need one the Antique Helper Auctions in Indianapolis, Indiana is auctioning off vintage costumes worn by George Reeves who starred in the 1950s Superman television show, others by Christopher Reeve and Dean Cain. The George Reeve costume is reportedly worth $120,000 to $150,000. […]

Posted on: Jan 13, 2011,  Section: Auctions, Comments: 3 Comments

Banksy original goes for $120,000

A print by anonymous graffiti artist Banksy was sold at auction for $120,000. From CNN: The work, “Save or Delete Jungle Book,” went under the hammer alongside works by other urban artists as part of an Urban Art sale at Bonhams auction house in London. The image was originally commissioned by Greenpeace for a poster […]

Posted on: Jan 12, 2011,  Section: Auctions, Comments: 2 Comments

Christies pulls cartoon auction due to hate laws

An early cartoon (1903) by Henry Mayo Bateman will not be auctioned off by Christies after a Jewish amateur antiques dealer complained. The cartoon depicts a man with bearded Jewish man with a skull-cap with talon-like fingers and a tail. The auction house consulted with Scotland yard to see if the auction would violate a […]

Posted on: Dec 3, 2010,  Section: Auctions, Comic history, Comments: 3 Comments

Lichtenstein’s “Ohhh…Alright…” tops auction

Roy Lichtenstein’s famous “Ohhh…Alright…” comic strip painting took in whopping $42.6 million in a recent auction at Christie’s and Southeby’s. The Lichtenstein piece trumped Andy Warhol’s black and white coke bottle painting that went for $35 million earlier in the week.

Posted on: Nov 12, 2010,  Section: Auctions, Comments: 2 Comments

Cartoons and Cocktails this Thursday

This year’s “Cartoons and Cocktails” will be held this Thursday. The annual event auctions off editorial cartoons donated by the top cartoonists in the country. The proceeds go to Young D.C. the independent newspaper by and for teenagers in the Washington Metropolitan area and the Cartoonists Rights Network International. This year the auction will include […]

Posted on: Oct 25, 2010,  Section: Auctions, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Cartoons and Cocktails this Thursday

Heritage Auctions passes $150 million in auctions

A sizable milestone has been passed by Heritage Auction. The Texas auction house has recently sold over $150 million in comic related properties. Established in 1976, it began its comics category in 2001 and holds several Guinness World Records for comic related auctions. The highest includes $5.2 million for the Nicolas Cage comic book collection […]

Posted on: Aug 13, 2010,  Section: Auctions, Cartoons, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Heritage Auctions passes $150 million in auctions

Webcomics auction for the gulf coast has begun

Back in June I reported that several webcomic creators were planning on auctioning off original art to raise money for Gulf of Mexico clean up and restoration efforts. The auction for those originals is now underway. As of this posting, the most sought after original is from Kate Beaton’s Hark! a Vagrant. Auction ends July […]

Posted on: Jul 8, 2010,  Section: Auctions, Fund Raisers, web comics, Comments: Comments Off on Webcomics auction for the gulf coast has begun

AZ couple has $350k worth in Peanuts originals

Speaking of original Peanuts artwork, a Phoenix woman took her stash of original Peanuts art that she’s been buying up since 1950 to the “Antique Roadshow” hoping that they’d appraise enough help she and her husband retire. She estimated her collection was worth about $50,000, but the appraiser on the television show said that her […]

Posted on: Apr 19, 2010,  Section: Auctions, Comic history, Comic strips, Comments: 6 Comments