MONROVIA, Calif. – On Tuesday, September 19, John Moran Auctioneers will present its first-ever Comics and Pop Culture Memorabilia auction, starting at noon Pacific time. The selection will feature more than 200 lots of comics, figurines, original art, posters and sports memorabilia. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Leading the sports memorabilia choices is an autographed Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers framed jersey signed on January 26, 2000 – exactly 20 years before the day he would die – estimated $8,000-$10,000. It is a framed yellow mesh jersey with Bryant 8 patches on the verso, it is signed in black Sharpie and it bears the Mounted Memories hologram seal.
Another key Kobe Bryant relic on offer is a limited edition signed photo collage, authenticated by The Upper Deck and having a numbered hologram seal. This 12 by 24in poster sports a $5,000-$6,000 estimate.
Chief among the comic book choices is a copy of Incredible Hulk #181 from November 1974, which features the first full appearance of Wolverine. While there were many other characters who debuted during that time, Wolverine is by far the most popular in comics and film. This example of Incredible Hulk #181 has a CGC grade of 7.5 and an estimate of $5,000-$7,000.
Other notable comic book offerings include a copy of Fantastic Four #1 signed by Stan Lee and estimated at $6,000-$8,000, and a 1986 preliminary drawing and layout by John Romita Sr. for Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme #32. Its estimate is $4,000-$6,000.
A 24-lot collection of Tintin figurines will delight fans of the Belgian cartoon created by Georges Remi under the pen name of Hergé. The standout piece is a 2007 Pixi Tintin figurine scene from the album Les Cigares du Pharaon. The large metal and polychrome resin figurine depicts Tintin riding an elephant, accompanied by other marching figures and scattered flowers and has an estimate of $3,000-$5,000.
Representing the range of fine art in the September 19 auction is an acrylic and vinyl painting by SHAG (aka Josh Agle, b. 1962-). SHAG is known for his colorful, mid-century-style art. Of the four works in the sale, his Alligator is a likely favorite along with Birds. Both date to 2003 and both carry individual estimates of $2,500-$3,500.