Photo Courtesy of Heritage AuctionsA panel page of original art from a Silver Surfer comic book set a record for the highest price paid for a panel page when it sold for $155,350. Three comics in all topped the $100,000 mark in Dallas, Texas, at the Vintage Comics & Comic Art Signature Auction held by Heritage Auctions. The two-day event occurred May 10-11, 2012, and took in $5,493,746.
Eighteen bids drove the price of the Marvel 1966 Fantastic Four #55 Spectacular Silver Surfer, Page 3 original artwork by artists Jack Kirby and Joe Sinnott to the auction’s highest pried item sold. A restored copy of Detective Comics #27 (DC, 1939) in near-mint condition, featuring the first appearance of Batman in the comic, fetched $113,525. The Amazing Spider-Man, a Twin Cities pedigree copy in near-mint condition sold at $107,500. A Billy White pedigree copy of Detective Comics #29 in very-fair condition tapped out at $101,575.
The first-ever full artwork that launched Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by artists Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird sold for $71,700. TMNT’s co-creator Kevin Eastman consigned the item. “We featured great and rare material and it brought staggering prices in a sustained red hot market,” said Ed Jaster, VP of Heritage Auctions. "Demand for the best material, obviously, remains high.” Mr. Jaster also went on to say that the auction concluded with a 99.9 percent sell through, as only one of 1,357 lots went unsold. For more information on all the lots sold, visit HA.com.