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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

Batman sets world record for comic auction item

The recent auction of Detective #27, which includes the first appearance of Batman, became the highest price ever paid for a comic book. The stunning price of $1,075,500 for a single comic book wasn’t the only record set in Heritage Auctions’ Signature(R) Vintage Comics and Comics Art Auction. The $5.6 million total for the event […]

Posted on: Mar 4, 2010,  Section: Auctions, Comic Books, Comments: 2 Comments

Stephan Pastis original auctioned for $2050

Last week, I mentioned that Pearls Before Swine creator Stephan Pastis was auctioning off an original sketch of his comic characters with the proceeds going to the Red Cross Haiti Relief Fund. The auction has closed and the winning bid came in at $2,050. Over the course of the seven day auction, there were 65 […]

Posted on: Feb 22, 2010,  Section: Auctions, Comic strips, Comments: 1 Comment

Stephan Pastis auctioning off original to benefit Haiti

Pearls Before Swine creator Stephan Pastis is auctioning off an original drawing of the Pearls characters on eBay with the proceeds to be donated to the Red Cross. Three days into the auction, the current bid is $1,300 with four days left. From his blog: Speaking of strips, I’m often asked if I sell my […]

Posted on: Feb 17, 2010,  Section: Auctions, Comic strips, Comments: 3 Comments

Reminder: Help the Hodges auction on-going

Last week I posted a report that the National Cartoonists Society Foundation was holding an auction to raise money for the Hodges family whose son is in a coma after a car accident. The auction began last Friday. A full list of auction items and details on dates are found in my earlier report.

Posted on: Jan 25, 2010,  Section: Auctions, Comments: Comments Off on Reminder: Help the Hodges auction on-going

NCSF launches Help the Hodges fund-raiser

The charitable, not-for-profit arm of the National Cartoonists Society will be launching an online auction through e-Bay to raise money for the family of Tim Hodge, whose son, Matthew was involved in a car accident that resulted in him in a coma. His insurance has refused to pay for long-term recovery. Tim Hodge is an […]

Posted on: Jan 20, 2010,  Section: Auctions, National Cartoonist Society, Comments: 1 Comment

High selling art in Cartoons & Cocktails: $1,750

Politico editorial cartoonist Matt Wuerker had the honor of having the highest-selling cartoon in last nights Cartoons & Cocktails. His cartoon eulogy for Ted Kennedy fetched a handsome $1,750 according to Mike Rhode (COMICSDC blog).

Posted on: Oct 23, 2009,  Section: Auctions, Editorial cartooning, Comments: 3 Comments

Cartoons and Cocktails set for October 22 auction

This year’s Cartoons & Cocktails 2009 will be held on October 22 in Washington D.C. with this year’s Pulitzer Prize winner Steve Breen as the honored guest. The annual fundraiser supports Young D.C., a independant metro monthly paper that teams professional journalists with local aspiring teens, and the Cartoonists Rights Network International which helps cartoonists […]

Posted on: Oct 8, 2009,  Section: Auctions, Comic strips, Editorial cartooning, Comments: Comments Off on Cartoons and Cocktails set for October 22 auction

1973 ‘Peanuts’ Sunday strip goes up for auction

A 1973 Peanuts Sunday strip is up for auction. The signed Sunday comic dated April 1, 1973 features Lucy playing a April’s Fools joke on Charlie Brown by telling him the Red-Haired Girl was waiting outside for a hug and kiss. After Charlie Brown takes the bait, Lucy says, “just like shooting fish in a […]

Posted on: Mar 25, 2009,  Section: Auctions, Comic history, Comments: 2 Comments