HA May Auction, lots of great art !
3 3

506 posts in this topic

34,352 posts
8 hours ago, delekkerste said:

My comments via Instant Messenger to a friend before and during the Frazetta bidding (some comments redacted to make this less offensive than it already is):

- If Death Dealer gets any more bids, I'm going to break s***

- NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

- FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

- OH HELL NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

- HOW [censored] STUPID ARE PEOPLE

- OMFG

- FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF[censored]

- MOAR!!!

- HOLY HELL

- NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MAKE IT STOP

- MAKE IT STOP

My thoughts were along the lines of "Awesome! What can I get for mine?"

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
486 posts
5 hours ago, cmzare said:

I am the sucker who got the Batman Hush double page spread.  Yes, I love batmobiles.  Yes, Batman and Nightwing appear submicroscopic (hey, it's still 2 for 1).  This is going on my wall with my Rob Liefeld collection of muscular superheroes with one too many pockets.

In all seriousness, I like the piece a lot.  I bid what I felt comfortable with :)

It’s a great Nightwing DPS. The Batmobiles provide a nice setting for him.

Congrats. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
55,358 posts
8 hours ago, delekkerste said:

Yes, it's a big number.  Top [some fraction of] 1% for sure.  

I was the underbidder on the only piece I had any interest in (the unpublished Cap #125 cover).  If I was in a non-HA sales tax state, I would have bid it up another couple of increments, but, couldn't justify it with the tax. :frown:

Unpublished illustration art is basically just mediocre art.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
55,358 posts
6 hours ago, Bronty said:

Wow on the comics side Startlling 49 9.6 went for 1/2 what the mile high 9.6 went for.   Return to reality on that one.

Not surprising.  It was never a 6 figure book, even the Church copy.  Plus, there is a rumor that there is a copy (from another pedigree) that is even nicer than the Church copy.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
55,358 posts
6 hours ago, Bronty said:

All anyone living outside the US hears is when you guys complain is     blahblahblah:ohnoez:     

It could be worse, trust us ;)

I live outside the US and don't feel any pain (except for higher shipping costs). (shrug)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
12,970 posts
1 hour ago, Rick2you2 said:

The Aparo Spectre cover went for 44k plus BP for a total of over 50k. I thought it would go in the 35 to 50k range but nearer the low end. Others expected 25k.

Really strong price.

That one caused me to use two pairs of depends.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
4,316 posts
23 minutes ago, tth2 said:

I live outside the US and don't feel any pain (except for higher shipping costs). (shrug)

You live in a low tax jurisdiction, no sales tax or duty on international purchases like other places!

Malvin

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
25,090 posts
44 minutes ago, tth2 said:

Not surprising.  It was never a 6 figure book, even the Church copy.  Plus, there is a rumor that there is a copy (from another pedigree) that is even nicer than the Church copy.

Agreed

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
25,090 posts
19 minutes ago, malvin said:

You live in a low tax jurisdiction, no sales tax or duty on international purchases like other places!

Malvin

Plus IIRC a flat rate rate of tax and no tax on capital gains.    Weird azz March 31 tax year though

Edited by Bronty

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
25,090 posts
49 minutes ago, tth2 said:

Unpublished illustration art is basically just mediocre art.

That’s far too sweeping a generalization but unpublished is certainly a huge knock on a piece.    Huge. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1,117 posts

I was surprised at how low the Superman 204 cover went.  I thought that'd clear $50k as it's probably the most recognized Superman cover in the last 20 years maybe even 30 with the exception of the Death of Superman book.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
686 posts
1 hour ago, Bronty said:

That’s far too sweeping a generalization but unpublished is certainly a huge knock on a piece.    Huge. 

I agree. In this case The unpublished Cap 125 Cover is better than the published one. Someone got a good deal.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
25,158 posts
10 hours ago, Bronty said:

Wow on the comics side Startlling 49 9.6 went for 1/2 what the mile high 9.6 went for.   Return to reality on that one.

That "reality" is still far more than the going rate prior to the sale of the Church copy.  It's in elite company for a book known just for it's well-liked cover.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1,575 posts
7 hours ago, batman_fan said:

That one caused me to use two pairs of depends.

Lee had mentioned that sometimes, a lot of pieces by the same artist leads bidding to heat up instead go lower due to the large number of pieces.

I really do like Aparo, I own some of it. But that cover wasn't terrific even if it was from a famous run.  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1,951 posts
12 hours ago, MGS said:

Yeah, it's funny you should mention that.  I was just looking at some of the covers in the later sessions, and I had that exact same question.  Makes me a bit hesitant to bid.

Mike

I have a bit of inside info on one of those covers. So, I feel comfortable with it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
23,956 posts
6 hours ago, Matches_Malone said:

I agree. In this case The unpublished Cap 125 Cover is better than the published one. Someone got a good deal.

I think it went for what it should have, all things considered.  If it was published, $25-30K I think would have been very justified given the quality of the image.  Unpublished, I think $15K-ish was about where it should have been (ended at $14.9K w/BP).   

I was watching the bidding live online and it seemed like the auctioneer coaxed that final bid out of the buyer after my $12,002 (hammer) max bid was uncovered; I'm pretty sure one more increment on my part would have re-taken the lead and won it.  The sales tax killed it for me, though, as it would have brought the price to about $17K factoring in tax and shipping...couldn't justify that for an unpublished piece that isn't really in my collecting wheelhouse (just really liked the image and appreciate its history, even if it wasn't used). 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
70 posts
26 minutes ago, delekkerste said:

I think it went for what it should have, all things considered.  If it was published, $25-30K I think would have been very justified given the quality of the image.  Unpublished, I think $15K-ish was about where it should have been (ended at $14.9K w/BP).   

I was watching the bidding live online and it seemed like the auctioneer coaxed that final bid out of the buyer after my $12,002 (hammer) max bid was uncovered; I'm pretty sure one more increment on my part would have re-taken the lead and won it.  The sales tax killed it for me, though, as it would have brought the price to about $17K factoring in tax and shipping...couldn't justify that for an unpublished piece that isn't really in my collecting wheelhouse (just really liked the image and appreciate its history, even if it wasn't used). 

I won that unused Cap #125. The auctioneer did not coax my last bid but having bid $12K I was not about to lose it for $2. So I went with the cut bid.  But you are right had you gone for the $13K I would have been out. I understand the rational that published covers go for more than unpublished ones, but the truth is I much preferred the unpublished Cap #125 to the published Cap #132 and way more than the published Cap #125.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
23,956 posts
8 hours ago, Thawk said:

I was surprised at how low the Superman 204 cover went.  I thought that'd clear $50k as it's probably the most recognized Superman cover in the last 20 years maybe even 30 with the exception of the Death of Superman book.

I know that it's a hot market, but, $38.2K still seems like a very healthy number for that cover IMO.  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
43,335 posts
10 hours ago, Thawk said:

I was surprised at how low the Superman 204 cover went.  I thought that'd clear $50k as it's probably the most recognized Superman cover in the last 20 years maybe even 30 with the exception of the Death of Superman book.

To quote Caddyshack, that piece has been "Plucked more times than the Rose of Tralee"

Edit: Scott said it hasn't been offered before....and he'd know better than almost anyone.

That piece looks so familiar I was almost positive I've seen it change hands and/or be shopped for sale multiple times in the last several years. 

$38k is a healthy number given where it would have been 18-24 months ago.

Edited by comix4fun

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
43,335 posts
26 minutes ago, hmendryk said:

I won that unused Cap #125. The auctioneer did not coax my last bid but having bid $12K I was not about to lose it for $2. So I went with the cut bid.  But you are right had you gone for the $13K I would have been out. I understand the rational that published covers go for more than unpublished ones, but the truth is I much preferred the unpublished Cap #125 to the published Cap #132 and way more than the published Cap #125.

The artwork on that Cap 125 unpubbed you won is vastly superior to the #132 that went right after it for multiples of what you paid. The 125 is a really nice piece. Congrats.

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
3 3