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Heritage Auctions Comics & Comic Art Auction Catalog 7033 - World Record breaking $6.077+ million Comics sale at Heritage Auctions

Heritage Auctions Comics & Comic Art Auction Catalog 7033 - World Record breaking $6.077+ million Comics sale at Heritage Auctions

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Published by Heritage Auctions
Press Release - May 11, 2011
World Record breaking $6.077+ million Comics sale at Heritage Auctions

Twin Cities Pedigree brings $1.38+ million for 407 comics; Frank Miller Dark Knight original art brings $448,125; Kerby Confer Collection of Disney art realizes highest price yet for Carl Barks art

NEW YORK – In an auction where spectacular prices were in abundance – a World Record price of $448,125 for the original art from Page 10, issue #3 of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, $179, 250 for Carl Barks’ Vacation Panel Painting Original Art, $131,450 for two bound volumes of Action Comics #1-24, among the many – it was the final total for Heritage Auctions’ May 5-6 Signature® Vintage Comics & Comic Art Auction that ended up being the most impressive of all: $6,077,355, the highest total ever realized for a single Comics & Comics Art auction. All prices include 19.5% Buyer’s Premium.

“The quality was there, the collectors were there and the Heritage comics department worked incredibly hard to put this great auction together,” said Ed Jaster, Senior Vice President at Heritage Auctions. “The result, as we all saw, was the single highest total ever realized for a comics auction. It just doesn’t get too much better than this.”

In total, 2,728 bidders were vying for 1,766 total lots in the auction, resulting in the World’s Record total, translating into a sell-through rate of 97.13% by lot value.

The star of the auction was The original art from Page 10, issue #3 of Frank Miller and Klaus Janson’s Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (DC, 1986), which became the single most valuable piece of American comic art to ever sell when it brought $448,125, against a $125,000+ pre-auction estimate. The image is the single most memorable image from the entire comic book series and the greatest image from the decade of the 1980s ever to come to market.

“The Dark Knight Returns defined the best of 1980s comics and is one of the most important pop culture stories ever published,” said Todd Hignite, Consignment Director for Comics and Illustration Art at Heritage, “and no image from that important comic series is more iconic than this Splash Page. It’s an incredible result, but also not shocking that this piece is now the most expensive piece of American comic art ever sold at auction.”

The Twin Cities pedigree, otherwise known as The Gary Dahlberg Collection, had comic collectors buzzing since last year, after news of the collection became public following Dahlberg’s tragic death in a house fire that miraculously spared only the two rooms that housed his comic books. The auction featured just more than 400 pieces of that collection and the result was nothing short of fantastic.

“Not only did the collection garner the most in-person lot viewers we’ve ever had for a collection,” said Barry Sandoval, Director of Comics Auction Operations at Heritage, “bidder enthusiasm pushed the total to $1.38 million for just those 407 comics.”

Highlights from Dahlberg’s amazing collection included his Amazing Spider-Man #4, (Marvel, 1963) CGC NM+ 9.6, the best copy of that issue known to exist, which realized $77,765, along with his copy of The Amazing Spider-Man #2 (Marvel, 1963) CGC NM+ 9.6, which finished the auction with an impressive $65,725 total amidst spirited bidding.

Prices on the original artwork of Carl Barks have long been on the rise, and with the release of the Kerby Confer Collection of Disney Art last year, that trend has continued to build and gain strength; the May 5-6 Heritage auction saw the strongest prices realized yet for Confer’s amazing grouping, including a $179,250 payday for Barks’ Vacation Panel Painting Original Art (1972), the first painting in the large format (18" x 24") that Carl Barks ever did and a total that equals the highest price to date for a piece in Confer’s collection.

Beyond Barks’ Vacation Panel, fully four of the top 10 lots in the auction were Barks artwork that originated in the Confer Collection: Carl Barks S
Press Release - May 11, 2011
World Record breaking $6.077+ million Comics sale at Heritage Auctions

Twin Cities Pedigree brings $1.38+ million for 407 comics; Frank Miller Dark Knight original art brings $448,125; Kerby Confer Collection of Disney art realizes highest price yet for Carl Barks art

NEW YORK – In an auction where spectacular prices were in abundance – a World Record price of $448,125 for the original art from Page 10, issue #3 of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, $179, 250 for Carl Barks’ Vacation Panel Painting Original Art, $131,450 for two bound volumes of Action Comics #1-24, among the many – it was the final total for Heritage Auctions’ May 5-6 Signature® Vintage Comics & Comic Art Auction that ended up being the most impressive of all: $6,077,355, the highest total ever realized for a single Comics & Comics Art auction. All prices include 19.5% Buyer’s Premium.

“The quality was there, the collectors were there and the Heritage comics department worked incredibly hard to put this great auction together,” said Ed Jaster, Senior Vice President at Heritage Auctions. “The result, as we all saw, was the single highest total ever realized for a comics auction. It just doesn’t get too much better than this.”

In total, 2,728 bidders were vying for 1,766 total lots in the auction, resulting in the World’s Record total, translating into a sell-through rate of 97.13% by lot value.

The star of the auction was The original art from Page 10, issue #3 of Frank Miller and Klaus Janson’s Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (DC, 1986), which became the single most valuable piece of American comic art to ever sell when it brought $448,125, against a $125,000+ pre-auction estimate. The image is the single most memorable image from the entire comic book series and the greatest image from the decade of the 1980s ever to come to market.

“The Dark Knight Returns defined the best of 1980s comics and is one of the most important pop culture stories ever published,” said Todd Hignite, Consignment Director for Comics and Illustration Art at Heritage, “and no image from that important comic series is more iconic than this Splash Page. It’s an incredible result, but also not shocking that this piece is now the most expensive piece of American comic art ever sold at auction.”

The Twin Cities pedigree, otherwise known as The Gary Dahlberg Collection, had comic collectors buzzing since last year, after news of the collection became public following Dahlberg’s tragic death in a house fire that miraculously spared only the two rooms that housed his comic books. The auction featured just more than 400 pieces of that collection and the result was nothing short of fantastic.

“Not only did the collection garner the most in-person lot viewers we’ve ever had for a collection,” said Barry Sandoval, Director of Comics Auction Operations at Heritage, “bidder enthusiasm pushed the total to $1.38 million for just those 407 comics.”

Highlights from Dahlberg’s amazing collection included his Amazing Spider-Man #4, (Marvel, 1963) CGC NM+ 9.6, the best copy of that issue known to exist, which realized $77,765, along with his copy of The Amazing Spider-Man #2 (Marvel, 1963) CGC NM+ 9.6, which finished the auction with an impressive $65,725 total amidst spirited bidding.

Prices on the original artwork of Carl Barks have long been on the rise, and with the release of the Kerby Confer Collection of Disney Art last year, that trend has continued to build and gain strength; the May 5-6 Heritage auction saw the strongest prices realized yet for Confer’s amazing grouping, including a $179,250 payday for Barks’ Vacation Panel Painting Original Art (1972), the first painting in the large format (18" x 24") that Carl Barks ever did and a total that equals the highest price to date for a piece in Confer’s collection.

Beyond Barks’ Vacation Panel, fully four of the top 10 lots in the auction were Barks artwork that originated in the Confer Collection: Carl Barks S

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May 5-6, 2011 | New york
CoMICS & CoMIC art
 
Front Cover
Lot 92134
Back Cover
Lots 91426, 91456, 91319,91344, 92183, 92240, 91457,91296, 92313, 91536, 92224,92264, 92021, 92167
Inside Front Cover
Lot 92001
Inside Back Cover
Lot 91306
 
21465
Heritage Signature
®
Auction #7033
LIVE AUCTION Signature
®
Floor Sessions 1-2
(Floor, Telephone, HERITAGE Live!,™ Internet, Fax, and Mail)
Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion
2 E. 79th Street • New York, NY 10075
Session
1Thursday, May 5 • 11:00 AM ET
 
Lots 91001-91241:
The Gary Dahlberg Collection(see separate catalog)
Lots 91242-91552
 
The Savannah Collection, Silver Age and Bronze Age Comics,Golden Age and Platinum Age Comics, Magazines, Big Little
Books, Memorabilia
Session 2
Thursday, May 5 • Immediately following Session 1(Approximately 5:00 PM ET) • Lots 92001-92338
The Kerby Confer Collection, Carl Barks Art and Memorabilia,
Original Art A-Z, Classics Illustrated Art, The Albert Morse
Collection of Underground Art, Underground Art and Comix
Featuring Robert Crumb, Animation Art.
HERITAGE Live!,™ Internet, Fax, & Mail only Session
Session 3
Friday, May 6 • 4:00 PM ET
Lots 93001-93166:
The Gary Dahlberg Collection(see separate catalog
Lots 93167-93880:
The Savannah Collection, Silver Age and
Bronze Age Comics, Golden Age Comics, Big Little Books, Pulps,Memorabilia and Books, Original Art, Underground Art and
Comix, Animation Art
LOT SETTLEMENT AND PICK-UP
Lots will be available for pick-up atthe Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion :Thursday, May 5 • immediately following the sessionFriday, May 6 • 9AM – 12PMIf you wish to have your purchases remain in New Yorkfor pick-up after this time, please contact our ClientServices Department (866-835-3243 or Bid@HA.com)
 
no later than 12PM ET, Friday, May 6
Lots are sold at an approximate rate of 100 lots per hour, but itis not uncommon to sell 75 lots or 125 lots in any given hour.This auction is subject to a 19.5% Buyer’s Premium.NYC Auctioneer licenses: Samuel Foose 0952360; Robert Korver 1096338;Kathleen Guzman 0762165; Leo Frese 1094963; Michael J. Sadler 1304630;Scott Peterson 1306933; Andrea Voss 1320558. Nicholas Dawes 1304724; EdBeardsley 115454.
LOT VIEWING
Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion
2 E. 79th Street • New York, NY 10075Sunday, May 1 • 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM ETMonday, May 2 • 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM ETTuesday, May 3 - Thursday, May 6 • 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM ET
 
 View lots & auction results online at HA.com/7033
BIDDING METHODS:
 Bidding 
Bid live on your computer or mobile, anywhere in theworld, during the Auction using our HERITAGE Live!™program at HA.com/Live
Live Floor BiddingBid in person during the foor sessions.Live Telephone Bidding
 
(foor sessions only)
 
Phone bidding must be arranged on or beforeWednesday, May 4, by 12:00 PM CT.Client Service: 866-835-3243.
Internet Bidding
Internet absentee bidding ends at 10:00 PM CT
 
the evening before each session. HA.com/7033
Fax Bidding
Fax bids must be received on or before
Wednesday,
May 4, by 12:00 PM CT. Fax: 214-409-1425
Mail Bidding
Mail bids must be received on or beforeWednesday, May 4
.
Phone: 214.528.3500 • 800.872.6467Fax: 214.409.1425Direct Client Service Line: 866.835.3243Email: Bid@HA.com
This Auction is presented and cataloged by Heritage Auctions
© 2011 Heritage Auctioneers & Galleries, Inc.
Comics & Comic Art 
Featuring: The Gary Dahlberg Collection • The Savannah Collection Part 2
 
The Kerby Confer Collection Part 4 • The Albert Morse Collection of Underground Art
May 5-6, 2011 | New York

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