That big Heritage Auction of comics and original art wound up over the weekend, and a lot of money was spent. The cover to Lloyd Llewellyn #3 by Daniel Clowes sold for $47,800, despite some people never having heard of him. That’s probably a record for an indie type artist.
Three Watchmen covers (that didn’t feature any iconic characters, sold for between $28,000 and 38,000 each.
A Todd McFarlane Wizard cover went for $32,265.00. Those two Jack Kirby pieces we alluded to earlier went for $16,730 and $23,900.00.
But this Kirby cover sold for a mere $15,535.
This Peanuts Sunday strip sold for $65,725. And a complete 5-page by Robert Crumb story went for $101,575.00
The piece de resistance, of course, was Frank Miller’s iconic cover for The Dark Knight #2 sold for $478,000, which is a whopping amount of money. The original piece of art didn’t seem to have been stored all that well, which is kind of alarming.
If all these prices are making you despair, I’d like to point out a price list from the first ever sale of the original art to A Contract With God by Will Eisner.
I was struck at the time how (relatively) affordable the pages were given the importance of the work. Eisner is a bit out of favor now, but I would call a couple grand for a piece of history—with the lettering right on the page—a bargain.
Or you could have bought a Gabrielle Bell original for $100.
A lot of comics art it is still relatively underpriced, because there is, to be honest, so much of it, but there are still a lot of investment possibilities. That’s not to say every page of Archie Digest will ever be worth half a million dollars, but there’s nothing quite like owning original art.