World Record breaking $6.077+ million Comics sale at Heritage Auctions Twin Cities Pedigree brings $1.38+ million for 407 comics; Frank Miller Dark Knight original art brings $448,125; Kerby Confer Collection of Disney art realizes highest price yet for Carl Barks art
finished the auction with an impressive $65,725 total amidst spirited bidding.
Prices on the original artwork of Carl Barks have long been on the rise, and with the release of the Kerby Confer Collection of Disney Art last year, that trend has continued to build and gain strength; the May 5-6 Heritage auction saw the strongest prices realized yet for Confer’s amazing grouping, including a $179,250 payday for Barks’ Vacation Panel Painting Original Art (1972), the first painting in the large format (18" x 24") that Carl Barks ever did and a total that equals the highest price to date for a piece in Confer’s collection.
Beyond Barks’ Vacation Panel, fully four of the top 10 lots in the auction were Barks artwork that originated in the Confer Collection: Carl Barks Scrooge's Old Castle Painting #21-72 Original Art (1972), which brought $119,500, Carl Barks Dam Disaster at Money Lake Painting Original Art (1986), finishing the day at $107,550 and Carl Barks Time Out For Therapy Painting Original Art (1973), which realized $77,675 after several rounds of intense bidding.
The Batman: Dark Knight Returns splash page was not the only notable piece from that influential title to turn heads in the auction, as the original artwork from Miller and Janson’s Batman: The Dark Knight #4, Death of the Joker, page 2 (DC, 1986) realized $41,825, the best result Heritage has ever seen for a 1980s panel page.
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