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2005 Market Report
VG DANDY MAKES VG £6,366.00!
May auction catalogue sold out completely with the star lot Dandy No 1 making
£6,366 including 10% premium, just below its lower estimate. The rarer numbers
2 and 3 scored winning bids of £814 and £696 respectively, both substantially
above estimate as were the early Beano issues culminating in a big £310 for number
74, the 1939 Xmas issue.
early bound volumes were strongly bid with one of the pioneering cross-over film
magazines, Picture Show, doing particularly well. Issues 1-26 were wonderfully
preserved in a contemporary bound volume with bright page quality which belied
the 1919 year of publication. Consequently Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford and
Douglas Fairbanks were comfortably lifted to a £363 winning bid. Bound early issues
of Film Fun from 1920 and 1921 also performed to packed houses. Please note our
Prices Realised section for a full price check.
the detective thriller title from 1931 has always been difficult to find and fine
copies of issues 1-23, once more bound into a volume, squarely hit the target
with a winning £385 bid, nearly £17 each.
the fortnight before The Beano was launched, D C Thompson produced a full page
promotional flyer for issues one and two which was inserted into their "Big Five"
titles; Adventure, Hotspur, Rover, Skipper and Wizard. Printed in two colours,
it folded down into a four page mini-comic in its own right with each Beano character
profiled and full page stories of Morgyn The Mighty, Rip Van Wink and Contrary
Mary. We offered a Very Fine example with an estimate of £120-150, having only
seen a few copies over the last fourteen years change hands for around the £100
mark. To the astonishment of all concerned this pristine flyer soared to a stratospheric
£462; a winning bid that was reduced from an even higher original bid* by an extremely
many years our policy has been that any bidder who places a very high or "knockout"
bid on a lot will have that bid reduced to 10% above the next highest bid after
the auction's close. e.g. A bidder places a bid of £600 on a lot and after the
auction closes the nearest bid is £420, he or she gets a reduced winning bid of
£462, (420 + 10%).
material surrounding first and early issues is always keenly contested and when
you travel North Of The Border there are a great many folk who want to display
a wee something to remind them of those innocent days way back when. The first
Broons Book from 1940 has a cover with portraits of Scotland's Happy Family all
in their Sunday best and three original water colour artworks by Dudley Watkins
of Paw, Horace and Joe Broon, on which the cover was based, were chased to £412,
£275 and £330 respectively. These are the only individual portrait illustrations
we know of and in the fullness of time these rare colour sketches may well turn
out to be very canny purchases. In the same way The Broons Book No 1 was also
bid to £3,575, only the second copy to come up for auction but in very nice condition
indeed. A 1951 Broons Book artwork frontispiece of the family cycling on an elongated
tandem with the twins in a sidecar and Paw's Paw labouring behind on a penny-farthing
was a wonderful signed original image that was finally knocked down for free-wheelin'
Wullie artwork was also available and the Wee Lad's calendar themed cover page
from 1949, once more penned by the master, was hotly contested to £1,140. His
No 3 book, from which it came, raised £810 and the No 2 from 1943 (no intervening
issues for five years due to war shortages) was carried off for £1,650.
less and less Frank Hampson artwork coming on to the market, we featured a Dan
Dare piece comprising the top three panels of a board from Eagle volume 1 No 49
of 1950. From a conservative estimate of £200-250, it rocketed to an interplanetary
£528. With a fine copy of Eagle comic No 2 making a record £72, col. Dan's appeal
seems stronger than ever.
selection of 1960s bound volumes generated some intense competition as the first
45 issues of Hurricane stormed to £495, the following 50 raised £248 and JAG 1-38
leapt to £380. A complete run of Valiant comprising 225 issues in 8 bound volumes
was offered over five lots and one extremely keen bidder snaffled the lot for
£1,081. He turned up in a minicab three days later to collect the precious goods
himself. We didn't ask how he was going to smuggle them into the house as, disappearing
into rush-hour traffic, his last words were, "Don't tell the wife..!"
U S section contained a good supply of key Marvels with Silver Age first issues
leading the field as usual. A Very Good copy of Fantastic Four # 1 flamed to £561,
an Incredible Hulk # 1 in the same grade monstered £601 and Silver Surfer # 1
[vfn] rode a £194 wave. Pence copies all.
things don't always go your way. We received a phone call recently from a customer
who wanted us to auction his complete Silver Age Marvel and DC collection, amassed
by him since boyhood. He told us he'd been tracking our website for years and
that the time had come to sell the archive and take the family to Disney World
on the proceeds. He lived in Essex near the very last station on the Central line.
Since driving through London is a nightmare these days I decided to take the long
journey by train and carry a big wheelie suitcase to transport his 500 boyhood
the house it took over an hour just to put the comics in order as he said he'd
never bothered to do this over a forty-odd year period as, "reaching into the
cupboard and pulling out the first issue that came to hand was always much more
fun." Several strong cups of tea later plans had been laid, key issues graded,
prices agreed and the collection neatly packed into the suitcase. The house was
only a few hundred yards from the station and just as I reached the entrance I
heard a screech of brakes behind me as his distraught wife catapulted out of her
hot-wheeled Micra. Roger was back at home literally crying over the loss of his
Marvel heroes - he'd completely changed his mind and would it be OK if he didn't
sell them after all?
returned to the house, unpacked the wheelie and put the comics back (alphabetically)
into the cupboard. Roger cheered up and was really sorry for all the trouble;
even the dog looked apologetic. I rode the tube train home. It seemed to take
much longer. Sometimes things don't always go your way.
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