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Graham Nash collection of underground art tops $6.3 million comics event at Heritage Auctions
Robert Crumb ID #2 Cover Original Art (Eros/Fantagraphics, 1991).


DALLAS, TX.- Singer/songwriter Graham Nash's collection of Underground Comix art realized more than $1.1 million to lead Heritage Auctions' summer Vintage Comics & Comic Art Auction in Dallas. The $6.3 million auction presented fresh-to-market art and key books to more than 2,800 bidders in person and via HALive!.

"The market for original comic art continues to show its strength – especially for works by Robert Crumb," said Ed Jaster, Senior Vice President Heritage Auctions. "This is the second auction in a row in which we achieved six-figure selling prices of Robert Crumb's art for our clients."

The highlight of Nash's collection was art by Crumb. The artist's 1967 Original Cover Art for ZAP Comix #1 soared to $525,800 (the cover was never was used for the publication and was thought lost for years). The People's Comics Complete Four-Page Story Original Art sold for $203,150. Even Crumb's later works bested high estimates as Weirdo #22 Complete 4-Page Story Original Art from 1988 sold for $131,450 and Crumb's 1991 ID #2 Original Cover Art ended at $101,575, to round out the collection's top six-figure lots.

Additional examples of Crumb's art continued to beat expectations as Your Hytone Comics #nn Complete 9-Page Story "Pete the Plumber" Original Art sold for $89,625 and Mr. Natural #2 Complete 6-Page Story Original Art hammered for $77,675.

Key Comics Command Five Figures
An important private collection from Mister Magik Woo offered several key books in outstanding condition: The Amazing Spider-Man #14 (Marvel, 1964) CBCS NM/MT 9.8 sold for $71,700 and The Amazing Spider-Man #1, with a verified Stan Lee signature (Marvel, 1963) CBCS VF/NM 9.0, ended at $65,725.

A copy of Detective Comics #35 (DC, 1940) CGC VG+ 4.5, shot to $56,165 and 17 bidders competed to own All Star Comics #8 (DC, 1942), CGC VG 4.0 – featuring Wonder Woman's first appearance and origin – and pushed the auction price to $53,775. A coveted copy of Amazing Fantasy #15 (Marvel, 1962), CGC VG/FN 5.0, sold for $38,240.

Additional highlights include, but are not limited to:

· From the Eric Sack Collection, Robert Crumb Snoid Comics One-Shot Complete Nine-Page Story Original Art (Kitchen Sink Press, 1980): realized $74,687

· Steve Ditko's Original Art from Strange Tales #141 Story Page 8 featuring Doctor Strange (Marvel, 1966): realized $65,725

· Steve Ditko's Original Art from Amazing Spider-Man #22 Story Page 17 Original Art (Marvel, 1965): realized $52,580

· Barry Windsor-Smith's Original Cover for Marvel Comics Presents #83 featuring Wolverine/Weapon X (Marvel, 1991): realized $52,580






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