Via a press release, and speaking of Frank Miller, Heritage Auctions set a record by selling a page of Miller art from Daredevil #188 for $101,575. According to Todd Hignite, who is Consignment Director for Original Comic and Illustration Art for Heritage, it’s a record for original art from the ’80s, and “one of the handful of highest prices that Heritage has ever seen paid for a piece of comic art, period. It’s in very rarefied company.”
The Heritage Comics & Comic Art Auction overall saw more than 1900 bidders competing for more than 1200 lots. The $3.2 million+ total represents an astounding 99.35% sell-through rate by total lots.
Superman has been much in the news lately for record-setting copies of his early adventures, and the May 21 auction added to that recent run as two bound volumes of ACTION COMICS #1-24 (1938-1940) sold for the most ever paid for a bound volume lot when it brought $143,400.
Among other bestsellers, a page of Robert Crumb’s very early Fritz the Cat story, “Fritz Comes on Strong,” which sold for $35,850. A high-grade copy of ZAP #1 sold for $26,290, a record for an undergound comic. Finally, a page of Far Side art by Gary Larson sold for $20,315. Such pieces rarely come onto the market, the release noted.