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  1. Just wanted to let everyone know that the closing procedures for Hake's auctions has changed and this is the first event to feature the new format. As importantly, the closing time is now 9pm Eastern as well. If you are going after the Quitely cover, NM98 page, Sandman page, Clowes merch art, etc, be aware of these changes. This has been at the top of my wish list for several years now, so I am excited and curious to see how everything plays out in this auction. Bottom line is that now EACH item has a separate and distinct 20-minute countdown clock. If a new bid comes in within that 20-minute window, the bidding resets to 20 minutes. If no new bids come in, that individual item ends as soon as the clock hits zero. Specific details here: https://hakes.com/Article/1250/154748/Auction-Closing-Procedures
  2. Nice!! Great to hear. Congrats, man!
  3. Hi there, I need to sell off a few complete stories of color guides. Asking $295/shipped for individual stories or will put together in lots up to 5 stories for $1000. https://www.comicartfans.com/gallerypiece.asp?piece=1513572
  4. Most has already been said, but the one thing I try to remain cognizant of is the market right now versus the market 25 years ago. If you're concerned with passing on a max piece to your grandkids in 50 years, then I'd say your "best" choice would be a museum piece that offers value to future aficionados outside of nostalgia. It's a calculated gamble to know what those pieces will be, but there were many things 25 years ago that have decreased in value because the buyers have all aged out and the nostalgia is gone. Only a select handful of historically significant pieces will dodge this fate, IMO. If your plan is on a shorter timeline, then the likelihood of nostalgia determining its value is still pretty high for an exit strategy. Personally, I like a variety in my collection because each piece tells its own story, regardless of value. I've had the same debate that you're having internally and I ended up keeping the bulk over the few/quality, simply because I currently find more comfort in the individual stories of each piece when compared to the comfort I'd have from a small handful of blue chips, for whatever that's worth to you. Good luck, man!
  5. A well-known collector picked up a super cool and rare GA Wonder Woman splash page by H.G. Peter. Add him to the list of winners for sure.
  6. Thank you much! Truly appreciate it. I almost pulled the trigger on the Cap Aurora model earlier this year but hesitated because I always get distracted by the OA. I'm probably going to regret it one day. As for Schulz art, we have a line on a few pieces and I expect we'll have some in the near future. Our plan is to limit our art selection to keep it inline with the other sections/genres in the catalog, but Schulz Peanuts art is almost always eligible for inclusion at any time.
  7. Great to see all this fantastic art! Thanks for posting the pics!
  8. Everything was pretty much right in line with what we expected, with the lone shocking exception (from my POV) being the Alex Ross page from Marvels. I thought for sure that would go for 7-8k but that was my best guess and I feel bad for the seller's sake because I was off with my initial estimate to him. I do my best and it pisses me off when I miss. I try really hard not to steer anybody the wrong way. I also expected the Kirby Cap page to hit 4k and I was prepared to go $4500 on it personally, but another comparable 70s Kirby Cap page sold in May for $3600. The Romita Jr/Sr ASM page was a wildcard, too, as I figured it was a $4500 page but could go for anywhere in the $3500-6500 range. The Feldstein recreation surprised me the other way at 6k when I thought it would go around 4k. I figured $200k on the Frazetta covers, though I expected $125k and $75k and they instead ended up with both in the same general range. I do feel it was a solid auction with accurate FMV pricing and it gave us another step towards our long-term goals.
  9. There are limitations to what I can change so the best I can do is work with what we have and keep advocating for upgrades. I do have my list of things that I'd like to see changed and hope to see them integrated. But this complaint is somewhat confusing to me, as it is literally two clicks to get into the Original Comic Art and takes me about 3 seconds. Click on "Browse Auction" in the upper left of the home page, then click on "Original Art" in the alphabetic submenus. That's it. Once you do it the first time you know exactly where it sits on the page and your eyes go right to it. That was one of the things that I wanted to see streamlined and it was successfully enacted in the latest auction and will be a permanent feature going forward, including separate categories for Strip Art and Comic Art so you don't have to pan through the syndicate art unless you specifically want to do so. Once you're in the Comic Art section, you can start going through all of the OA in the entire auction and save them to your Watch List without entering tracking bids. Interface aside, the navigation is at least pretty quick and painless now. EDIT: I will say this, though. You can't do much with the website until the auction goes live. Until that day, the above process doesn't work. I'm working to have some sort of preview system that will hopefully cut down on new users' confusion to this factor, along with "coming soon" dates on the home page that will clearly provide the timeframe for the next event. Tied to this will also be a search function so past prices can be researched for comparable purposes, etc. Those updates are on my wish list.
  10. I agree with you on this, Pete. Making changes to the website is a slow process, which is one of the reasons some nice pieces of art were held back last time. The Jim Lee Superman page wasn't my client and I wasn't watching it like I do my own customers, so I was stunned to see it hammer for under a grand after the auction had ended. The weird thing is another Superman piece (linked below) from a client went for significantly more than I anticipated (and more than what I told him to expect, which always the happier scenario than the alternative). I thought it would go for $2800-3600. It's weird and unpredictable how that happens. Bottom line is that I wish I'd been tracking the Lee piece because I'd have made a run at it personally and it still annoys me for multiple reasons. If there is a silver lining to it, it gives buyers the hope that sometimes deals can be found, which will hopefully increase the buying pool and help the sellers, too. https://www.hakes.com/Auction/ItemDetail/217761/WAYNE-BORING-SUPERMAN-DRAWING-LESSON-ORIGINAL-ART-FRAMED-DISPLAY I've got a handful of wish list tweaks to the site that I would like to see enacted to isolate the OA offerings at Hake's and make them easier to find and quicker to navigate for collectors who only care about comic art. Going forward their will always be an "Original Comic Art" subcategory on the auction's Browse page which will make accessing the OA offerings quicker and easier than in the past. I'm working on the same consideration for the printed catalog but I'm biased towards the comic art personally and I need to check that ego a bit because I still have to share with the other genres we carry. And I do like Nico's Tracker site, too, which does help me to not overlook things when I can tend to get some tunnel vision. Thanks again for your continued coverage of all auctions, Aficionado!