Profiles in History Dec 2019
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Sorry to hear.

 

I can't seem to look thru the catalog.  anyone else having that issue?

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Try the Desktop PDF

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19 minutes ago, BCarter27 said:

I am so upset this is coming to auction before I have the means to get it-

https://profilesinhistory.com/auctions/comic-illustration-art-the-property-of-a-distinguished-american-collector/

Any predictions?

You mean the cover, right? Well -like many top pieces- to me it's lost much of it's luster due to overexposure. If I could step back into the mindset of the first three years I was a collector and aware of this image, oh yeah I'd be in for swapping my whole collection for it, I'd be making $5m predictions, etc. But almost three decades later...I'm very much interested in seeing what number is posted (simple curiosity) but don't actually care to own in the slightest. No matter what the number is.

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OMFG :ohnoez::ohnoez::ohnoez::ohnoez::ohnoez::ohnoez::ohnoez::ohnoez:

BERNIE WRIGHTSON ORIGINAL WRAPAROUND COVER FOR FRANKENSTEIN BY MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT SHELLEY (MARVEL, 1983) 

$750,000-$1,000,000 estimate

(worship)(worship)(worship)(worship)(worship)(worship)(worship)(worship)

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Some amazing stuff in this one

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If I win the Powerball before December, I'm going for it. :wishluck: :insane: 

But, otherwise, I will gaze upon it in admiration from afar.  One of the very nicest/coolest/most awesome things, full stop, in our hobby.  This is a piece that can never be overexposed, IMO. 2c 

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1 minute ago, delekkerste said:

  One of the very nicest/coolest/most awesome things, full stop, in our hobby.  This is a piece that can never be overexposed, IMO. 2c

Couldn't agree more.

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What an outstanding auction... it seems like there is 2 auction's worth of material in this one. This one along with HA's Signature auction will test how much PRIME material can be absorbed by our hobby...WOW!

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5 minutes ago, delekkerste said:

If I win the Powerball before December, I'm going for it. :wishluck: :insane: 

But, otherwise, I will gaze upon it in admiration from afar.  One of the very nicest/coolest/most awesome things, full stop, in our hobby.  This is a piece that can never be overexposed, IMO. 2c 

 

3 minutes ago, BCarter27 said:

Couldn't agree more.

LOL. That's what makes a market. I couldn't be more cold on it. Money aside (or the old "you can have it but never sell it"), straight up Image A compared to Image B (C, D, etc)...I can (quickly) point to at least four things I've acquired this year that I would not swap for this. (and if I took the time, probably more than four.) And no, I'm not trying to be falsely contrary or playing Devil's Advocate to spur conversation (or scorn upon myself lol ), I mean it. I've seen this image at least once a month every single month since publication...I don't ever need to see it again (and am happy not to), and definitely wouldn't want it on my wall. Not at all.

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Methinks the Batman 251 cover just lost a bid or two. lol

This auction season raises a host of questions... Is this the beginning of the End? Is this a bull market cash out or a generational one? Both? Can we expect loads of A+++ Boomer goodies every auction cycle from now on?

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Just now, artdealer said:

And to think I sold that Frankenstein piece for Bernie over 24 years ago for $35,000, which was a lot at the time.

MI

Cool. Thanks for that price point, yes top of the market mid-90s and very few had the balls (means or not) to spend at that level without comps to comfort them when they told their spouse :)

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Just now, vodou said:

Cool. Thanks for that price point, yes top of the market mid-90s and very few had the balls (means or not) to spend at that level without comps to comfort them when they told their spouse :)

The guy who bought it wasn't married.

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1 minute ago, BCarter27 said:

Methinks the Batman 251 cover just lost a bid or two. lol

This auction season raises a host of questions... Is this the beginning of the End? Is this a bull market cash out or a generational one? Both? Can we expect loads of A+++ Boomer goodies every auction cycle from now on?

It's interesting. There is a constant barrage of quality and top quality material every single auction, and then some even more than others too. Only the consignors know their motives (cashout or rotation); but I wish some would share publicly and directly...instead of through Gene ;)

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1 minute ago, gumbydarnit said:

Is the Cabal is cashing out?

Have they finally realized that Hollywood really isn't going to buy in?

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23 minutes ago, artdealer said:

And to think I sold that Frankenstein piece for Bernie over 24 years ago for $35,000, which was a lot at the time.

MI

FWIW for the finance guys out there, the simple ROI math is 15% annualized is "double every five years" or 25 years = ca. $1,120,000. Top end of estimate isn't too far off what you could make in many buy/hold situations that were present back then and didn't crater every several years for dot-com, 9/11, housing, etc ;)

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16 minutes ago, BCarter27 said:

Methinks the Batman 251 cover just lost a bid or two. lol

This auction season raises a host of questions... Is this the beginning of the End? Is this a bull market cash out or a generational one? Both? Can we expect loads of A+++ Boomer goodies every auction cycle from now on?

We've seen tons of material from Frazetta and The Studio artists (Wrightson, Jones, BWS, Kaluta) hit the market in the past several years.  We know one of the sellers was Doc Dave (in his 60s), another was Frank Darabont (age 60 now, was 57-58 I think when he cashed out), and, of course, a lot of the Frazettas have been from the family following the passing of Frank Sr. in 2010.  So, I would wager this is a generational cash out for a lot of this material.  Nadia at Heritage told me that Boomers selling out is definitely a trend, but, that there's been a lot of demand from other collectors to soak up the supply (which is obvious from the auction results).  

19 minutes ago, gumbydarnit said:

Is the Cabal is cashing out?

Not yet! 

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