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Meet Ozzie Bilotta, whose vintage toys are off to a new Florida museum

Super-collector Ozzie Bilotta with some of his prized robots, space toys and movie posters, which will be on display at The Bilotta Collection, a soon-to-be-opened museum in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Image courtesy of Ozzie Bilotta

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Ozzie Bilotta collects rare vintage toys and is set to open a museum of vintage toys, arcade machines and related memorabilia called The Bilotta Collection. It will open this fall from a purpose-designed venue in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

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Market-watchers pounced on rare comic art & action figures at Hake’s $2.7M auction

One of six lots of Al Williamson (1931-2020) original, unpublished concept art that preceded the ‘Star Wars’ daily newspaper comic strip (which was ultimately written and drawn by Russ Manning and ran from 1979-1984). Of 12 proposal strips created by Williamson, the first six were gifted to George Lucas; the other six were given to Star Wars marketing genius Charles Lippincott, whose widow has consigned them to Hake’s. Sold for $46,730

YORK, Pa. – Original comic strip art continues to solidify its position alongside fine art in the collector marketplace, with the latest proof coming on day two of Hake’s July 26-27 auction of pop culture rarities. Amongst the highlights of the $2.7 million sale was a selection of six consecutive lots of original concept art created in the late 1970s for a proposed Star Wars daily newspaper comic strip. Drawn by legendary comic strip artist Al Williamson (1931-2020) as part of a series of twelve strips, the artworks never saw publication.

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Nicholson’s Joker costume runs away with $125K at Heritage

Purple suit worn by Jack Nicholson as The Joker in ‘Batman,’ $125,000

Purple suit worn by Jack Nicholson as The Joker in ‘Batman,’ $125,000. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions

DALLAS – Heritage Auctions’ two-day Hollywood & Entertainment Signature® Auction wrapped July 23 after realizing $4,330,594. Among the top lots in the July 22-23 event was the purple suit Jack Nicholson wore onscreen as the Clown Prince of Crime in Tim Burton’s 1989 film, Batman. The outfit, perfect for dancing with the devil in the pale moonlight, sold for $125,000 after a prolonged bidding war.

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1981 DeLorean ‘Time Machine’ from the Back to the Future movies — the only DeLorean to appear on screen in all three. Courtesy of the Petersen Automotive Museum

Back to the Future DeLorean, Ghostbusters cars on view at the Petersen

 

Left to Right: 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor, aka Ecto-1, from Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters: Afterlife; 1981 DeLorean ‘Time Machine’ from the Back to the Future movies; Batmobile from Batman and Batman Returns. Courtesy of the Petersen Automotive Museum

Left to Right: 1959 Cadillac Miller-Meteor, aka Ecto-1, from ‘Ghostbusters’ and ‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife;’ 1981 DeLorean that appeared on screen in all three ‘Back to the Future’ movies; Batmobile from ‘Batman’ and ‘Batman Returns.’ Courtesy of the Petersen Automotive Museum

LOS ANGELES – Located just down the street from Hollywood’s most iconic production studios, the Petersen Automotive Museum’s brand-new collection of some of the most famous vehicles ever to appear in film and television is now open to the public. Located in the Omaze Hollywood Gallery on the Otis Booth History Floor, the exhibit will include a diverse selection of cars, motorcycles and custom creations that have starred in popular movies and television series throughout the decades. The Cars of Film and Television display is currently on view and will remain on view for at least a year.

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Stephenson’s April 22 auction a showcase for superheroes, pop culture icons

Group-lot of six Silver Age ‘Fantastic Four’ comic books published in 1966, ’67 and ‘68, est. $300-$500

SOUTHAMPTON, Pa. – On Friday, April 22nd, superheroes and comic-character favorites will converge on Stephenson’s auction gallery in suburban Philadelphia for an exciting 302-lot sale of collectibles, memorabilia, comic books and posters. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Mickey & Minnie Mouse motorcycle sells for a staggering $222K at Bertoia’s

Circa-1932 Tippco (Germany) Mickey and Minnie Mouse motorcycle, tin wind-up, 9in long. Provenance: Donald Kaufman collection, Doug and Pat Wengel collection. Sold for $222,000, a world auction record for any Disney toy, against an estimate of $25,000-$45,000

VINELAND, N.J. – One of the most exciting events ever to be held at Bertoia Auctions’ New Jersey gallery took place on March 11-12 with the sale of the spectacular Monique Knowlton antique toy collection. The globally publicized auction of mostly 20th-century European, American and Japanese toys kept collectors riveted as examples with stellar provenance commanded unheard-of prices. After the hammer fell on the last of 628 lots, Bertoia’s president and principal auctioneer Michael Bertoia confirmed to the media that the single-owner collection had achieved a grand total of $2.16 million, inclusive of 20% buyer’s premium. Absentee and Internet live bidding was facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.

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Bertoia’s to auction top model’s phenomenal antique toy collection, March 11-12

Boxed Lehmann (Germany) ‘Mandarin’ wind-up toy. Estimate $4,000-$7,000

VINELAND, N.J. – On March 11 and 12, Bertoia’s will auction, without reserve, the Monique Knowlton antique toy collection, a spectacular assemblage of comic character, German automotive, American toys, and out-of-this-world Japanese robots and space toys. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Prince wore these iconic blue ankle boots with hand-painted white clouds in his 1986 Raspberry Beret music video, along with a matching suit. These shoes were made before Prince had his cobblers reinforce his heels, so two identical pairs of the shoes were made for (and survived) the arduous production of the music video. Photo credit: John Wagner Photography © 1985-2021 The Estate of Prince Rogers Nelson. All rights reserved.

Prince’s ‘Beautiful Collection’ of custom shoes on show at Paisley Park

Prince wore these iconic blue ankle boots with hand-painted white clouds in his 1986 Raspberry Beret music video, along with a matching suit. These shoes were made before Prince had his cobblers reinforce his heels, so two identical pairs of the shoes were made for (and survived) the arduous production of the music video. Photo credit: John Wagner Photography © 1985-2021 The Estate of Prince Rogers Nelson. All rights reserved.

Prince wore these iconic blue ankle boots with hand-painted white clouds in his 1986 Raspberry Beret music video, along with a matching suit. These shoes were made before Prince had his cobblers reinforce his heels, so two identical pairs of the shoes were made for (and survived) the arduous production of the music video. Photo credit: John Wagner Photography © 1985-2021 The Estate of Prince Rogers Nelson. All rights reserved.

CHANHASSEN, Minn. – The Prince Estate and Paisley Park unveiled a new exhibition celebrating the legacy and artistry of the incomparable Prince. The Beautiful Collection: Prince’s Custom Shoes is the largest ever display to spotlight Prince’s footwear, featuring more than 300 pairs of his iconic shoes in a technologically advanced installation that is now open and a part of all tours at Paisley Park. The show will remain on view until at least the end of 2021, and possibly longer.

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Batmania! Prices for Caped Crusader items keep climbing

A Batman Batplane cardstock premium from 1943 sold for $22,000 plus the buyer’s premium in February 2021 at Hake’s Auctions.

A cardstock Batman Batplane, created as a premium to promote a 1943 film serial, sold for $22,000 plus the buyer’s premium in February 2021 at Hake’s Auctions.

NEW YORK — While toy lines come and go, those for superheroes tend to have a long shelf life. Of all of them, Batman, aka the Caped Crusader or the Dark Knight, is one that holds the attention of all ages.

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Copies of Golden Age comics in great condition, such as Detective Comics #27, which introduced Batman, easily sell for more than a million dollars. Still, this 5.0-grade example brought $1.125 million in June 2021 at Heritage Auctions.

Character debuts add value to classic comic books

Copies of Golden Age comics in great condition, such as Detective Comics #27, which introduced Batman, easily sell for more than a million dollars. Still, this 5.0-grade example brought $1.125 million in June 2021 at Heritage Auctions.

Copies of Golden Age comics in great condition easily sell for more than a million dollars. Still, this 5.0-grade example of Detective Comics #27, which introduced the iconic superhero Batman, brought $1.125 million in June 2021 at Heritage Auctions.

NEW YORK — If you are a serious comic book collector, your Holy Grail is the issue that features the first appearance of a character. People pay big bucks for issues where a beloved superhero or villain makes their debut. The gold standard has been issues such as Action Comics #1, which saw the debut of Superman; Detective Comics #27, which introduced Batman; and Amazing Fantasy #15, in which the comics-reading world met Spiderman. A host of less heavy-hitting characters are prompting collectors to pay robust prices for their debut issues, too. In June 2021, Heritage Auctions sold a copy of Marvel Spotlight #5, which contains the first appearance of Ghost Rider, for $264,000, making it the most expensive comic from the 1970s.

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