As Collectibles Continue Surprising Quarantine Performance
Posted by Milton Griepp on May 5, 2020 @ 7:29 pm CT
This is a continuation of the strong performance of collectibles during the coronavirus quarantine (see "Pandemic Quarantine Has Been Good for Collectibles Auctions"), following up a big growth year in 2019 (see "Heritage Auctions Records a Banner Year").
The top price for original art was for a Frank Frazetta piece, "The Serpent," which went for $300,000.
The Bernie Wrightson art for the front endpapers of Mary Wollstoneceaft Shelley’s Frankenstein gaveled at $240,000.
The splash page art featuring Rhino from Amazing Spider-Man #41, by John Romita, Sr. and Mike Esposito brought $180,000.
A Carl Barks duck painting, Surprise Party at Memory Pond, brought $156,000.
And the Barry Smith cover art for X-Men #55, featuring Havoc, sold at $132,000.
A CGC 6.0 Superman #1 sold for 144,000.
The top video game was a Wata 8.0 copy of Super Mario Bros.., which sold for $40,200.
Two Legend of Zelda games, sealed and graded, sold for over $30,000. A Wata 9.6 copy of Zelda II: The Adventure of Link sold for $38,400, and a Wata 9.4 copy of The Legend of Zelda sold for $33,600.
A Wata 9.2 copy of Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! also sold for $33,600.
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