Frank Frazetta The Norseman Painting Original Art (1972). The early 1970s were a strong and prolific period for this master painter. Frazetta produced at least 11 paintings in 1972, and "The Norseman", with its stunning combination of vivid colours, is as mesmerising as it is powerful.

Records shattered in New York Comics & Comic Art Auction, X-Men cover bought for £30 sells for $155,350

Frank Frazetta The Norseman Painting Original Art (1972). The early 1970s were a strong and prolific period for this master painter. Frazetta produced at least 11 paintings in 1972, and "The Norseman", with its stunning combination of vivid colours, is as mesmerising as it is powerful.
Frank Frazetta’s The Norseman Painting – Original Art (1972). The early 1970s were a strong and prolific period for this master painter. Frazetta produced at least 11 paintings in 1972, and “The Norseman”, with its stunning combination of vivid colours, is as mesmerising as it is powerful. More information here

Collectors converged in force on Heritage Auctions‘ May 13-14, 2016 Comics & Comic Art Signature® Auction at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in Manhattan, driving a stunning $6.55+ million total prices realised behind a near-perfect 99.9% sell-through rate by both value and total lots offered that included the sale of an original piece by Frank Frazetta, “The Norseman”, for a whopping $454,100 record price.

Huge prices were also realised for original X-Men art originally bought for just £30 by a British collector; original Charles Schulz Peanuts art; and superb Bernie Wrightson Frankenstein art

“The impressive totals from this auction speak as much to the overall strength of the comic and comic art market as they do to the incredible array of great material offered here,” said Barry Sandoval, Director of Operations for Comics and Comic Art at Heritage. “Consider this: we had 20 lots in this auction sell for more than $50,000. That’s enough to impress even the most seasoned collector.”

No piece in the auction garnered more attention than Frank Frazetta‘s original art for “The Norseman” (1972), which soared amidst spirited bidding to bring a $454,100 final price realised, a record price at auction for the legendary artist.

“The early 1970s were a strong and prolific period for this master painter,” said Todd Hignite, Vice President at Heritage, “and this has everything you would expect in a Frazetta barbarian masterpiece and was a personal favourite of the artist.”

Gil Kane and Dave Cockrum X-Men #95 Cover Original Art (Marvel, 1975). This is the earliest cover of the "All-New, All-Different" X-Men Heritage Auctions has ever handled. It was only the third regular comic cover featuring this team (counting Giant-Size X-Men #1).
Gil Kane and Dave Cockrum X-Men #95 Cover Original Art (Marvel, 1975). This is the earliest cover of the “All-New, All-Different” X-Men Heritage Auctions has ever handled. It was only the third regular comic cover featuring this team (counting Giant-Size X-Men #1).

Original X-Men art is always highly sought-after in Heritage comics events, but Gil Kane and Dave Cockrum X-Men #95 original cover art, the earliest cover of the “All-New, All-Different” X-Men Heritage has ever handled, proved especially popular as it brought home an impressive $155,350 final price. The consignor of the piece, Richard Paul, who was in the audience with his wife, expressed his joy at seeing the sale as he was interviewed for BBC Television, stating that he bought the piece for just £30 at a comic show more than 30 years ago.

Jack Kirby and Joe Sinnott Fantastic Four #52 Unused First Black Panther Cover Original Art (Marvel, 1966).
Jack Kirby and Joe Sinnott Fantastic Four #52 Unused First Black Panther Cover Original Art (Marvel, 1966).

Jack Kirby and Joe Sinnott‘s Fantastic Four #52 unused first Black Panther cover original art saw its historical significance — the first rendition of a black superhero for the cover of a major mainstream comic book back in 1966 (a different version was ultimately used) — drive its final price to an impressive $131,450, the highest price ever achieved for an unpublished piece of original comic art, while Bernie Wrightson‘s creepy and amazing Page 154 illustration original art fromFrankenstein (1976) — the first time in seven years Heritage has offered a piece of art from this masterwork — brought a notable $95,600 final price.

Charles Schulz Peanuts Sunday Comic Strip Charlie Brown and Friends Original Art dated 8-9-53 (United Feature Syndicate, 1953)
Charles Schulz Peanuts Sunday Comic Strip Charlie Brown and Friends Original Art dated 8-9-53 (United Feature Syndicate, 1953)

One of the auction’s very best moments came when the original Charles Schulz Peanuts Sunday Comic Strip original art from 9th August 1953 (United Feature Syndicate, 1953) — saw intense bidding push the final price for the piece to $83,650.

“This strip features a funny and classic final panel in one of the very best Peanuts examples we’ve ever seen,” said Sandoval. “Every single character that had premiered to that point is in the last panel: Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Shermy, Patty, baby Linus, Lucy, Schroeder and Violet, and Lucy. Charlie Brown still looks very young here, Snoopy is still a puppy and the final gag is one that Schulz would return to again and again.”

Further highlights include, but were not limited to:

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Thanks to Dan Butcher and Tony Esmond for spotting this item

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The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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