CRANSTON, R.I. – Nearly 350 lots of toys, comic books and comic art will be sold to the highest bidder in an auction Saturday, April 28, conducted by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers in partnership with Altered Reality Entertainment and Travis Landry. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
The auction will open with 87 lots of vintage Star Wars items, featuring a selection from the collection of David Montauck in Brooklyn, N.Y. The group is highlighted by a 1985 Power of The Force AT-AT Driver (above), graded AFA 85 and packaged with a Warlock coin. It is a difficult cardback to find, as it saw only limited release in Australia (est. $5,500-$7,500).
“It’s like being a child again back in 1978, going to Almac’s with my mother to pick out my Star Wars figure for the week,” said Kevin Bruneau, the president and auctioneer of Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers. “The 1985 Power of the Force AT-AT Driver is sure to be the strongest with the force, but that’s only one of several gems from the Montauck collection certain to get attention.”
One such gem is the rare 1977 Star Wars Luke Skywalker theater display that has a $2,500-$3,500 estimate. Skywalker stands a towering 8 feet 3 inches tall, striking an iconic pose from the style C one-sheet. The display is constructed of cut plywood, with a laminated image, and originated in Europe – most likely England or Italy. Montauck found it in a theater trash bin.
Other Star Wars highlights will include a 1978 Star Wars Power Passers Duel at Death Star Race Set, graded CAS 85, and Droids Series Tig Fromm, graded CAS 70+. The Montauk collection will also feature an additional 17 Power of the Force graded figures.
The second portion of the catalog will offer an eclectic mix of vintage American toys, led by a CAS high-grade set of 10 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The 1988 set will be sold in single lots and all are early production variants. Also going up for bid will be a 1964 GI Joe Action Pilot Dress Uniform set and a 1950s Knickerbocker Humpty Dumpty dart gun set.
The third portion of the catalog will offer over 220 lots of Golden, Silver, Bronze and Modern Age comics and original artwork. “It’s like Christmas in spring,” said Travis Landry, a Bruneau & Co. specialist and auctioneer who is also a partner in the sale. “This auction is certain to draw collectors out of the woodwork with a great selection of comics and comic art.”
Landry added, “I’m most excited to see the original artwork for page 16 of Avengers #69 (below), the first appearance of the Grand Master, cross the block. To think that page is the actual physical piece of paper on which Sal Buscema and Sam Grainger worked their artistic and creative magic gives me the chills. It’s a true piece of Marvel and all comic history.”
The page 16 artwork was executed around 1969 and carries an estimate of $8,000-$12,000. It introduced the Grand Master character to the Marvel universe.
Another piece of rare and highly collectible cover art is lot 165: Volume 2, Issue 2, pages 20 and 21 of DC Comics Justice League, drawn by the illustrators Jim Lee and Scott Williams and signed by both. The action-packed double splash features Batman, Flash, Green Lantern and Superman, facing an onslaught of demons (est. $8,000-$12,000).
The Golden Age comics will be led by a copy of Timely Comics Sub-Mariner #24 (Winter, 1947), graded CBCS 8.0 (est. $2,500-$4,000). The comic book features just the third appearance of Namora and a bondage cover. Only one known copy is graded higher, at 8.5. This example, with white pages and an 8.0 grade, is sure to attract interest.
Other comic books in the auction include the following:
—Marvel Comics Strange Tales #110 (July 1963), CGC 4.5, the first appearance of Doctor Strange, Ancient One, Nightmare and Wong (est. $1,200-$1,800).
—Marvel Comics Uncanny X-Men #145 (May 1981), CBCS 9.9, the newsstand edition and featuring a Doctor Doom cover and appearance (est. $1,200-$1,800).
—DC Comics Superman #46 (May-June 1947), CBCS 9.0, featuring the first appearance of Superboy in a title and a Mr. Mxyzptlk cameo (est. $1,000-$1,500).
—Marvel Comics Amazing Spider-Man #129 (Feb. 1974), CBCS 7.0, featuring the first appearance of the Punisher and the Jackal, overall VG (est. $700-$1,000).
—DC Comics Batman #44, CBCS 8.5.
For details contact Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers via email: email@example.com.