Iconic Watchmen #1 cover art in Heritage Auctions
Comics & Comic Art event in NYC
cover art for Watchmen #1
— the issue that began the most
influential graphic novel series of the 1980s — is expected to
bring $100,000+ as part of Heritage Auctions' Comics
& Comic Art Signature® Auction
Feb. 21-22 in New York. The
art for issues #2
along with a color
cover guide for issue #1
, are also featured in the grouping,
which comes to auction from The Shamus Modern Masterworks
The auction at Heritage will mark the beginning of the sale of
all 12 covers from the series in calendar year 2013, with original
cover art for issues #4, #5, and #6 in May, #7, #8, #9 in August
and #10, #11, and #12 in November.
The 12-issue series by writer Alan Moore and artist Dave Gibbons
was originally published by DC Comics in 1986-87 and revolutionized
the medium of comics with its intricate re-examination and
deconstruction of the entire concept of the superhero.
artwork represents some of the absolute best from not only the
period, but from all of comics' history," said Steve Borock, Senior
Consignment Director, Heritage Auctions. "To be entrusted by the
Shamus family to bring the covers to auction is something we're
incredibly excited about and we take the honor very seriously."
"The impact Watchmen had on the history of comics cannot be
overstated," said Todd Hignite, Vice President and Comic Art expert
at Heritage. "Gibbons' artwork for the series is as groundbreaking
as Moore's narrative, unprecedented in its seamless use of
symbolism, sophisticated layouts, and pacing for brilliantly
Cover art from the Watchmen series also functioned as the first
panel of each chapter, surpassing the artistic expectations of a
typical comic book. As a result, Watchmen has come to represent the
graphic novel's highest achievement and stands as a touchstone for
generations of readers as well as comic writers and artists.
magazine included the series in its list of the top 100
English-language novels published from 1923 to the present and
described it as "a landmark in the graphic novel medium" and a
"masterpiece." The series was adapted into a major feature film in
The three covers to cross the block in New York feature some of
the most iconic art from the series:
art for Watchmen #1 is Gibbons' opening shot of a bloody badge,
worn by Edward Blake, The Comedian, which also doubled as Moore's
"smiley face/doomsday clock" symbolism following Blake's murder,
which is the catalyst for the entire story. The cover is widely
considered one of the most important covers in comics history and
is instantly associated with the Watchmen series.
art for Watchmen #2 focuses on the Blake's burial and a series
of flashbacks to advance Moore's, tale which deconstructs the
traditional superhero mythos in concert with Gibbons' moody and
art for Watchmen #3 shows Gibbons' evocative and ominous
Fallout Shelter trefoil symbol, representing the rising fear of
nuclear war while the nation's "heroes" get mired in their own
complex relationships, including the imminent exile of Doctor
Manhattan, one of the most intriguing comic book heroes ever
introduced to readers.
auction also will feature colorist John
Higgins' Watchmen #1 cover color guide original art used during
the series' production. The blue line production art was selected
for the original color version of the cover.
All four landmark Watchmen works come from the Shamus Modern
Masterwork Collection, which has set a number of records in the
last year, notably with the sale of Todd
McFarlane's cover art from Amazing Spider-Man #328 for $657,250
in August of 2012, the highest price ever paid for a piece of
American comic artwork.
In addition to the Watchmen works, Heritage's Feb. 21-22 Comics
& Comic Art Signature® Auction also features John Romita Sr.'s
Night Gwen Stacy Died original cover art from The Amazing
Spider-Man #121 and a rare
Calvin and Hobbes daily comic strip by Bill Watterson.
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Two-Day Estate Event Offers 1,600+ Eclectic Lots
Of Art, Antiques And Collectibles
More than 1,600 eclectic lots — from a
edition Dunhill-Namiki Motorities Maki-E fountain pen (estimate
$35,000+) to a motorized
Bugatti model car (estimate $2,000+) to a collection
dedicated to the history of ballooning — come together Feb.
23-24 in Heritage Auctions' annual Estate
Signature® Auction at our Dallas Design District Annex, 1518
The two-day treasure hunt event offers art and antiques across
three sessions and all budgets, including Heritage's second annual
Gentleman Collector Auction and Part II of The Elton
Hyder III, Jr. Collection, which formerly decorated the
University of Texas School of Law Library.
"The upcoming Estate Auction is one of
the most fun auctions we've seen all year," said Ed Beardsley, Vice
President for Fine and Decorative Arts at Heritage. "You never know
what's going to show up in it, which makes for a special
opportunity for collectors and decorators to find unique pieces of
all kinds offered together in one weekend."
Session I kicks off Saturday, Feb. 23
with the Estate Auction, 1,700 lots of fine furniture, art and
porcelains offered without reserve led by a French
walnut and gilt bronze porcelain coffee table, circa 1870,
expected to bring $6,000+, in addition to an important selection of
KPM porcelain plaques, Meissen and fine Continental porcelain. A
1700 German silvered metal tortoiseshell pewter and gilt bronze
clock is expected to bring $3,000+.
Additional lots include a Richardson
George II-style mahogany long case clock expected to bring
$3,000+ and two
large illustrated volumes of playing cards, expected to bring
More than 20 diverse lots of Tiffany
Studio objects include a set
of four, weighted silver candlesticks from 1907, a three
piece French gilt bronze, onyx and enameled clock garniture
set, a six-piece
patinated bronze and slag glass desk set in the desirable pine
Session II starts at 5 p.m. the same day as Heritage hosts its
second annual Gentleman Collector Auction, a collection specially
curated for a gentleman's library, den or the classic gentleman's
smoking room. The auction is led by a one of the finest
single-owner collections of Montblanc fountain pens ever offered at
auction, including a 4th
of July limited edition 56 Skeleton fountain pen, estimated to
bring $25,0000+, a Flag
of Texas Antelier Privés limited edition 10 fountain pen is
estimated to bring $25,000+ and a Sir
Winston Churchill limited edition 53 fountain pen is expected
to bring $25,000+.
"Our Gentlemen Collector auctions present a collection of
fascinating objects suitable for anyone with a taste for quality,"
said Nick Dawes, Vice President of Special Collections at Heritage.
"This year our auction includes extraordinary items, selected to
appeal to all tastes and budgets but with an emphasis on unique
gifts and accessories to compliment any gentleman's lifestyle."
Likely to capture strong collector
interest is a signed
and inscribed photograph of a Maharaja Sayajirao Baroda in an
Indian silver presentation frame, expected to bring
A stunning array of automobilia and petroliana includes a
scale model of a 1933-36 Bugatti Type 59 race car, expected to
bring $2,000+, an authentic
motorized scale replica of a BMW 328 Roadster, expected to
bring $1,500+, a scale
model MG pedal car, and a set of two
vintage enameled metal pedal cars featuring a tow car with a pedal
racer on a custom trailer.
The Gentleman Collector auction
continues with a fine selection of nearly 60 lots of
ballooning-inspired memorabilia, including an important Gorham
Sterling Silver trophy for a celebrated 1912 race in Colorado
Springs, Colo., expected to bring $8,000+, a unique and historic
silhouette commemorating Jean Pierre Blanchard's first balloon
ascent on Paris in 1784, expected to bring $3,000+, and a
verre églomisé, or glass gilded painting, of a crowd enjoying a
balloon ascent, expected to bring $2,000+.
Session III takes place Sunday, Feb. 24, to feature Part II of
Elton Hyder III, Jr. Collection. Part I of the Elton Hyder III,
Jr. Collection debuted in September of 2012 in Heritage's $1.2
million Estate Auction and Part II offers an equally captivating
group of objets d'art, including a
portrait of Philip IV, King of Spain, expected to bring
Meticulously assembled for the library in order to give
students there a sense of history within the law, the Hyder family
canvassed the United States and Great Britain seeking objects to
document the evolution of law.
Part II features additional rarities, such as an extensive
collection of fine English oak furniture dating from the 16th to
the 19th centuries, including a mammoth
English oak dining table, expected to bring $4,000, an
exhaustive collection of 18th century legal engravings, Kilim
tapestry-woven rugs and a fine collection of World War I propaganda
posters, led by T.
Paul Verrees' 1917 lithograph.
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