Frank Frazetta comic art, $1.075 million, Heritage

Frank Frazetta comic art

A 1974 color illustration by Frank Frazetta, titled At the Earth's Core, sold for $1.075 million at a Comics & Comic Art Auction held August 4-6 by Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Tex. It was a record auction price for a work by the artist and the most ever paid for a work by an American comic book artist. Also, a copy of Action Comics #1, the first appearance of Superman, graded 5.5 CGC, realized $956,000; and Bernie Wrightson's original cover art for Swamp Thing #1 from 1972 knocked down for $191,200. Prices include a 19.5 percent buyer's premium.


Wayne Gretzky rookie card, $465,000, Goldin Auctions

Wayne Gretzky rookie card

An O-Pee-Chee #18 Wayne Gretzky rookie card, PSA graded GEM Mint 10, sold for $465,000 at a Premium Live Auction held August 4th by Goldin Auctions (based in Runnemede, N.J.) at the 2016 National Sports Collectors' Convention in Atlantic City, N.J. Also, a Topps #311 Mickey Mantle rookie card, SGC 86 NM+ 7.5, realized $180,000; Babe Ruth's 1935 contract with the Boston Braves gaveled for $360,000; and Michael Jordan's 1998 Chicago Bulls playoff jersey went to a determined bidder for $168,000. Prices include a 21 percent buyer's premium.


Carroll Cloar oil on board work, $51,920, Case Antiques Auction

Carroll Cloar oil on board

An acrylic on board painting by Carroll Cloar (Tenn., 1913-1994), titled Weeping Willow, sold for $51,920 at an Historic Southern Summer Auction held July 30th by Case Antiques Auction in Knoxville, Tenn It was a new world record auction price for the artist. Also, an abstract oil on canvas painting by the Spanish/Filipino artist Fernando Zobel (1924-1984) made $123,900; and a Continental School portrait of a young man, executed either in the 17th or 18th century, changed hands for $41,300. All prices quoted are inclusive of the buyer's premium.


English sword and scabbard, $24,400, Morphy Auctions

English sword and scabbard

An elaborately decorated English Napoleonic-era officer's sword and scabbard sold for $24,400 at a Fine Militaria Sale held July 8-10 by Morphy Auctions in Denver, Pa. Also, a book presented by Napoleon to Marshal Nay fetched $9,760; a British general officer's coatee with sash garnered $9,760; a Russian Hussar's shasqua with scabbard finished at $8,540; a Russian presentation regiment silver korch brought $7,320; and a bronze bust of Napoleon by Renzo Columbo went to a determined bidder for $6,100. Prices include a 22 percent buyer's premium.


Dunbar 4-dr. credenza, $4,830, Direct Auction

Dunbar 4-dr credenza

A Dunbar long blonde wood four-door credenza sold for $4,830 at an estates auction held July 26th by Direct Auction Galleries in Chicago, Ill. Also, a classic design Herman Miller Eames lounge chair and ottoman, crafted of leather and molded plywood, with a veneer of Brazilian rosewood, rose to $3,105; a 14kt white gold pendant with a large amethyst and diamonds brought $1,265; and a long chrome base bench with gold tufted upholstery by Miles van der Rohe (1886-1969) changed hands for $1,035. Prices are inclusive of the buyer's premium.