Hake’s Auction #216 Original Art

Hakes Americana and Collectibles LogoComic auctions continue to be a hot commodity and Hake’s recently completed their Auction #216, from which we’ll look at Original Art & Related. Hake’s is a smaller player in the original comic art field, mostly covering illustration, animation and comic strip art.

This was my first auction with them and there are a few procedures worth noting: a 15% buyer’s premium and an automatic time extension for each bid. This can make the price either continue rising or make it agonizingly slow to actually win something. They do post a wrap up of items with final prices and make past auctions available for search: two plusses for bargain hunters.

As always we’ll look at five items of interest.

Terry And The Pirates Sunday 08-24-1947 by George Wunder

Terry And The Pirates Sunday 08-24-1947 by George Wunder sold for $287.50. Source.

Advantage Buyer: A nicely detailed early Wunder Sunday, framed and matted. Some classic Wunder faces and just weird characters. Buyer was only paying for the frame!

Rip Kirby Daily 09-09-1958 by John Prentice

Rip Kirby Daily 09-09-1958 by John Prentice sold for $461.29. Source.

Advantage Seller: Oh, I so wanted this piece. That woman in the first panel, the clothing throughout, one of the best Prentice Kirby’s I’ve seen. But higher than any Prentice Kirby by a mile. I stopped bidding at $300 when I saw it was going crazy.

The Shadow and Batman by Michael Kaluta

The Shadow and Batman by Michael Kaluta, 1975, went unsold with a minimum of $3000. Source.

Advantage Buyer. A classic Shadow right in that timeframe of Kaluta’s work, along with Batman. Sounds like a slam dunk for hitting far above the minimum, but this received no bids. Estimate was $5000-$10000. But that’s the kind of money to put our for a Shadow page, not a commission.

The Shadow issue 13 page 15 by Kyle Baker

The Shadow issue 13 page 15 by Kyle Baker, 1988, sold for $271.98. Source.

Advantage Buyer. Here’s a rarity in the auction world, a Baker Shadow page. And a nicely detailed on to boot, with the Shadow in rich blacks. This is all kinds of low for these pages: less than half of a page sold six months ago and less than pages from 2012. A real bargain.

Felix The Cat Sunday 03-24-1935 by Otto Messmer

Felix The Cat Sunday 03-24-1935 by Otto Messmer sold for $5692.50. Source.

Advantage Buyer. A wonderfully detailed early Felix Sunday. Right in the area of recent auctions for similar material. The detail is exceptional and makes this a bargain.

Scott VanderPloeg
Scott VanderPloeg

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  1. Enjoyed the report. I ignore the Hakes’ auction because I just don’t have the time. I glance at Heritage but generally things go higher than I want to pay, unless its in a Sunday night auction. I’m encouraged to pay more attention to Hakes…I have a buddy who does, for Lone Ranger things.
    I agree regarding the Kaluta specialty piece…estimate far too high. Ditto on the Prentice, though glad to see you also like his work.
    But that Krazy Kat, that was a keeper. I would have gone more on that page… Where else do those turn up?

  2. Did you mean the Felix The Cat Sunday, or Krazy Kat Sundays? Either way I only see them here or on Heritage. The odd high end Sunday shows up on ComicLink but not too often. ComicLink has had a good run of Raymond Rip Kirby’s lately, including the auction on right now.

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