Notable "comic" art sales
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Thank you for this. I was wondering myself but didn't know where to start. It'd be great to have a "Highest Paid" list for comic art all the way to Top 100 like they do for Hollywood films. I'm curious to know what art is in the $300k Club, etc. Has anything sold in the $500K range? Where does that DKR splash that Dave Mandel bought fall in this?

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On 1/14/2022 at 5:32 PM, John E. said:

Thank you for this. I was wondering myself but didn't know where to start. It'd be great to have a "Highest Paid" list for comic art all the way to Top 100 like they do for Hollywood films. I'm curious to know what art is in the $300k Club, etc. Has anything sold in the $500K range? Where does that DKR splash that Dave Mandel bought fall in this?

Great questions!

Here's some stuff from HA. https://comics.ha.com/c/search-results.zx?Ns=Price|1&Ne=1058&N=790+231+52+1067&ic4=Refine-ComicCategory-102615

I'm happy to add anything, anybody got other links?

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On 1/14/2022 at 5:43 PM, NicoV said:

Unfortunately it cannot get me the pages I like at a decent price!  hm

Yeah, someone on FB was asking for leads on affordable McCay originals. I pointed him at Comic Art Tracker for leads to McCay pages, but I made no promises that he'd find them affordable. :)

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On 1/14/2022 at 4:06 PM, Twanj said:

American Mainstream Comic Art Covers

  1. Todd McFarlane The Amazing Spider-Man #328 Cover Original Art (Marvel, 1990) $657,250 (on 2012/07/26 at HA)
  2. Neal Adams Batman #251 Cover The Joker Original Art (DC, 1973) $600,000 (on 2019/11/21 at HA)

  3. Jack Kirby and Joe Sinnott Fantastic Four #86 Cover Original Art (Marvel, 1969) $480,000 (on 2021/09/08 at HA)

  4. Frank Miller Batman: The Dark Knight Returns #2 Iconic Cover Original Art (DC, 1986) $478,000 (on 2013/08/02 at HA)

  5. John Romita Sr. and Frank Giacoia Amazing Spider-Man #100 Cover Original Art (Marvel, 1971) $478,000 (on 2018/02/23 at HA)

  6. Neal Adams Green Lantern #76 Cover Green Arrow Original Art (DC, 1970) $442,150 (on 2015/11/20 at HA)

  7. Frank Brunner Doctor Strange #1 Cover Original Art (Marvel, 1974) $408,000 (on 2021/11/18 at HA)

  8. Dave Cockrum X-Men #107 Cover Imperial Guard and Starjammers Original Art (Marvel, 1977) $360,000 (on 2022/01/13 at HA)

  9. Todd McFarlane Spider-Man #1 Cover Original Art (Marvel, 1990) $358,500 (on 2012/07/26 at HA)

  10. Barry Windsor Smith MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS #79 COVER $320,000 (on 2021/12/14 at CL)

  11. Ed Hannigan and Klaus Janson G.I. Joe, A Real American Hero #21 Cover Snake-Eyes Original Art (Marvel, 1984) $312,000 (on 2022/01/13 at HA)

American Mainstream Comic Art Interior pages

  1. Mike Zeck and Others Marvel Super-Heroes Secret Wars #8 Story Page 25 Black Costume/Venom Original Art (Marvel, 1984) $3,360,000 (on 2022/01/13 at HA) 
  2. Herb Trimpe and Jack Abel The Incredible Hulk #180 Final Page 32: The First-Ever Appearance of Wolverine $657,250 (on 2014/05/16 at HA)
  3. Frank Miller and Klaus Janson Batman: The Dark Knight #3 Batman and Robin Iconic Splash Page 10 Original Art (DC, 1986) $448,125 (on 2011/05/05 at HA)
  4. Steve Ditko Amazing Spider-Man #37 Splash Page 1 Norman Osborn and Gwen Stacy Original Art (Marvel, 1966) $336,000 (on 2022/01/13 at HA)
  5. Mike Zeck and Others Marvel Super-Heroes Secret Wars #8 Story Page 24 Original Art (Marvel, 1984) $288,000 (on 2022/01/13 at HA)
  6. Steve Ditko Amazing Spider-Man #18 Story Page 22 Original Art (Marvel, 1964) $288,000 (on 2018/11/15 at HA)
  7. Jack Kirby and Chic Stone Fantastic Four Annual #2 Splash Page 1 Doctor Doom Original Art (Marvel, 1964) $288,000 (on 2019/11/21 at HA)
  8. Bill Everett Daredevil #1 Page 2 Original Art (Marvel, 1964) $288,000 (on 2021/04/21 at HA)
  9. Steve Ditko Amazing Spider-Man #27 Splash Page 1 Original Art (Marvel, 1965) $239,000 (on 2016/11/18 at HA)
  10. Steve Ditko Strange Tales #117 Splash Page 1 Doctor Strange Original Art (Marvel, 1964) $228,000 (on 2019/02/21 at HA)

Frazetta

  1. Frank Frazetta Egyptian Queen Painting Original Art (1969) $5,400,000 (on 2019/05/16 at HA)
  2. Frank Frazetta Death Dealer 6 Painting Original Art (1990) $1,792,500 (on 2018/05/10 at HA)
  3. Frank Frazetta A Princess of Mars Painting Original Art (1970) $1,200,000 (on 2020/09/10 at HA)
  4. Frank Frazetta At The Earth's Core Paperback Cover Painting Original Art (1974) $1,075,500 (on 2016/08/06 at HA)

Illustration

  1. Bernie Wrightson original wrap-around cover artwork for Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley $1,200,000 (on 2019/12/14 at HA)

EC

  1. Wally Wood Shock SuspenStories #6 Cover Original Art (EC, 1952) $840,000 (on 2021/06/17 at HA)
  2. Bernie Krigstein Impact #1 Complete 8-Page Story "Master Race" Original Art (EC, 1955) $600,000 (on 2018/11/15 at HA)

Underground

  1. Robert Crumb R. Crumb's Fritz the Cat Cover Original Art (Ballantine, 1969) $717,000 (on 2017/05/18 at HA)

European

  1. Hergé. Les Aventures de Tintin reporter en Extrême-Orient Le Lotus Bleu 3,175,400 € (on 2021/01/14 at Artcurial)

 

SALES WITHIN LAST TWO YEARS.

Great list. The 4 X-men #1 Jim Lee covers sales prices are not publicly known, but they must have been north of $3,000,000

 

Also, I believe the cover to Iron Man/Sub-Mariner #1 resold for a record price. If I remember correctly the ask price was $400k?

 

and the Origins of Marvel Comics by Romita sold for 312k

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On 1/14/2022 at 8:40 PM, Timely said:

Great list. The 4 X-men #1 Jim Lee covers sales prices are not publicly known, but they must have been north of $3,000,000

 

Also, I believe the cover to Iron Man/Sub-Mariner #1 resold for a record price. If I remember correctly the ask price was $400k?

 

and the Origins of Marvel Comics by Romita sold for 312k

Thanks! Added the last one and a few others to end covers at 300k.

I'd love to add the first two but what numbers would I put???

Each one of these are public sales with links. I'm ok with adding private sales if people want to give some definitive figures, maybe even ranges, and dates.

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On 1/15/2022 at 6:06 AM, Twanj said:

Can I just say that it's nuts that a GI Joe cover by anyone, let alone Ed Hannigan, is worth more than one of the most iconic Jim Lee X-Men covers?

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On 1/15/2022 at 3:34 AM, tth2 said:

Can I just say that it's nuts that a GI Joe cover by anyone, let alone Ed Hannigan, is worth more than one of the most iconic Jim Lee X-Men covers?

Life moves pretty fast...

I added some Strip art

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I guess the question people are wondering is whether that Secret Wars page represents a market reset, an outlier, or an evolutionary price increase reflected by earlier transactions. Are we headed now into tulip mania territory?
 

And, then there is a question I have raised before. Does it really make sense to treat all sales and price increases as part of one market, as compared to submarkets for material at lower prices points—Morlock territory for example. That, incidentally, is where I come out. 

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On 1/15/2022 at 3:34 AM, tth2 said:

Can I just say that it's nuts that a GI Joe cover by anyone, let alone Ed Hannigan, is worth more than one of the most iconic Jim Lee X-Men covers?

That Jim Lee cover would surely have a 4 handle now at a minimum, and quite likely a 5 (or higher). It's like dog years now in OA - one year ago nowadays may as well be the equivalent of 7 pre-2020 years.

On 1/14/2022 at 8:40 PM, Timely said:

Great list. The 4 X-men #1 Jim Lee covers sales prices are not publicly known, but they must have been north of $3,000,000

Mid-$2Ms is what I've heard from multiple sources.  Though, they could easily be north of $3M already just a few months later.

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On 1/15/2022 at 10:41 PM, delekkerste said:
On 1/15/2022 at 9:40 AM, Timely said:

Great list. The 4 X-men #1 Jim Lee covers sales prices are not publicly known, but they must have been north of $3,000,000

Mid-$2Ms is what I've heard from multiple sources.  Though, they could easily be north of $3M already just a few months later.

A wise man once said "The transitive property doesn't work much of the time in this hobby." :preach:

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On 1/15/2022 at 2:34 AM, tth2 said:

Can I just say that it's nuts that a GI Joe cover by anyone, let alone Ed Hannigan, is worth more than one of the most iconic Jim Lee X-Men covers?

Can I interject that this was the prime era for GI Joe. I would say in 1984 GI Joe was more popular than any other comic characters, Including Spider-Man, X-men, Batman and Superman! Gi Joe had tons of toys, a movie, daily cartoons and lots of other GI Joe related items. There is a ton of nostalgia there. In fact, GI Joe is still so popular the toys are currently in Target, Walmart, TJ Max etc.

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How about the Frank Frazetta cover to Weird Science-Fantasy #29 which was sold privately by the Frazetta family to Jim Halperin for $380K in 2010?

As per the HA press release (dated 6-8-2010; available on their website), the WSF29 sale price set a "then" new record price for original comic art.  The press release also noted that the former record price for OA was the April 2008 private treaty sale (via HA) of Wallace Wood's cover to Weird Science #16 for $200K.  The press release also mentions the record auction result for Norman Mingo's painted MAD #30 front and rear covers, sold by HA in November 2008 for $203,150.

How quickly times have changed...

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On 1/15/2022 at 9:45 AM, tth2 said:

A wise man once said "The transitive property doesn't work much of the time in this hobby." :preach:

lol 

IMO $400-500K+ is just a realistic assessment of where the market is now on that one 14 months later. 

I would gladly shell out $312,001 for it right now so that it can beat the G.I. Joe #21 cover on the list. :flipbait:

IMO, it's the second most beloved Lee/Williams X-Men cover after the #1 gatefold. 

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