ICv2 had this little bit yesterday reporting that Kevin Eastman had had some success with an eBay auction:
Kevin Eastman has sold the original art for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 on eBay for a winning bid of $250,099. The auction, which ended on March 25th, provides some idea of the potency of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as a cultural phenomenon. The latest TMNT film topped the weekend box office derby last weekend, earning over $25 million (see “Turtles Win the Race”).
If you’re wondering why Eastman finally decided to sell off the artwork, it may partially be because Eastman’s involvement with his creation is quite distant these days: he sold off his half of the rights to TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES a few years ago…to Peter Laird, his co-creator. We’ll refrain from commenting on Eastman’s business sense over the years, but he’s no Ike Perlmutter, that’s for sure.