If there’s one item that can be said to be recession proof, it’s apparently original artwork from the glory years of MAD Magazine. Heritage Auction Gallerie’s auction of the last batch of MAD original art sold for $746,516, more than double pre-sale estimates. The above 1956 cover to Mad #30, by Norman Mingo, went for $203,150 all on its own.
Chicago collector Michael Gidwitz was the winning bidder for the cover, which shows the gap-toothed icon as a “write-in candidate for president,” saying “What — me worry?” as an elephant and donkey glare angrily at each other in the background.
A Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter who requested anonymity was the winning bidder of three other MAD art covers, Rohan said.
Hm, let the speculation begin. Ours? Can it be anyone but Amy Winehouse?