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Hake’s pop culture auction hits $3.2M; Star Wars prototype figure tops $204K

Kenner 1979 Star Wars Boba Fett rocket-firing prototype action figure, J-slot, version 2, bears copyright stamps, AFA-graded 50 VG. Archivally encapsulated with Collectible Investment Brokerage (CIB) COA. Sold for $204,435, a world auction record for any Star Wars action figure

YORK, Pa. – Record-setting prices just kept on coming at Hake’s $3.2 million online auction of pop culture rarities and didn’t stop until the last-minute clash of the titans that determined ownership of the sale’s top lot: a Star Wars Boba Fett “J-slot” rocket-firing prototype action figure. Conceived by Kenner in 1979, the J-slot Boba Fett Version 2 was designed with a J-shape triggering mechanism on its back for firing off rockets, but the toy never made it to the production stage due to safety concerns. On that basis alone, the pre-production archetypes became immediate rarities, but more than four decades of Star Wars mania have catapulted the J-slot prototype to an extraterrestrial level of desirability. The coveted example offered by Hake’s ignited a bidding war that ended at a sky-high $204,435 – a new auction record for any Star Wars action figure.

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Marvel Comics’ Amazing Fantasy #15 (August 1962), featuring the origin and first appearance of Spider-Man, graded CGC 1.0, $25,000

Even CGC low-graded Spider-Man comics triumphed at Bruneau

Marvel Comics’ Amazing Fantasy #15 (August 1962), featuring the origin and first appearance of Spider-Man, graded CGC 1.0, $25,000

Marvel Comics’ Amazing Fantasy #15 (August 1962), featuring the origin and first appearance of Spider-Man, graded CGC 1.0, $25,000

CRANSTON, R.I. – Vintage Spider-Man comic books – even ones in poor condition – can still bring dizzying prices at auction, as was proven in Bruneau & Co.’s Comic, TCG, Toy & Sports Auction held December 11. Two early 1960s comics featuring Spidey – one graded CGC 1.0 and the other CGC 2.0 – brought a combined $36,562.

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Tales of Suspense #39, featuring the first appearance of Iron Man, est. $50,000-$80,000

Bruneau Jan. 1 auction features 20 lots of Silver & Bronze Age comics

Tales of Suspense #39, featuring the first appearance of Iron Man, est. $50,000-$80,000

Tales of Suspense #39, featuring the first appearance of Iron Man, est. $50,000-$80,000

CRANSTON, R.I. – Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers will ring in 2022 with a 20-lot New Year’s Day Premier Comic Auction on Saturday, January 1. It’s a modest group of comics, but don’t let the size of the lineup fool you. These books are from a single-owner Midwest collection (Bruneau & Co. sold the bulk of them this past year); what remains are his last, final comics, to be sold without reserves. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Marvel Comics’ Fantastic Four #1, est. $15,000-$20,000

Fantastic Four, Pokemon enliven Bruneau’s Sept. 25 auction

Marvel Comics’ Fantastic Four #1, est. $15,000-$20,000

Marvel Comics’ Fantastic Four #1, est. $15,000-$20,000

CRANSTON, R.I. – Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers’ Comic, TCG & Toy auction slated for Saturday, September 25, is shaping up as one of the firm’s best ones yet. It’s bursting with more than 450 lots of Pop Culture treasures, pulled from prominent collections across the United States. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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