Heritage’s next Comics & Comic Art Auction is coming up soon on November 16-18, 2017, in Beverly Hills. A portion of this auction, including several with six figure estimates, comes from the Douglas Schmell Collection.
Schmell is the owner of Pedigree Comics, a well known auction firm of high-end comics. He previously consigned his personal collection through Heritage, which laid the groundwork for this consignment.
“Doug Schmell is familiar with every selling option in the hobby, so the fact that he chose us once again to auction part of his collection is something we’re very proud of,” said Heritage Senior Vice President Ed Jaster.
“I’ve been buying and selling comics from and through Heritage since 2001,” Schmell said. “When I decided to part with my personal collection back in 2012, Heritage was my only choice and they wound up setting a world record for my books. It was only fitting to use them to sell these other gems I have acquired since then.”
The top lot will likely by Tales of Suspense #39 CBCS 9.6 with the first appearance and origin of Iron Man. Another key Marvel title is Journey Into Mystery #83 CGC 9.4 with the first appearance and origin of Thor.
Two DC lots that’ll likely do well are both issues of Showcase with Silver Age firsts. One is Showcase #4 CGC 8.5 with the origin and first appearance of the Silver Age Flash Barry Allen and first Iris West. The other is Showcase #22 CGC 9.2 featuring the origin and first Silver Age Green Lantern Hal Jordan.
Other top books from the Big Two that’ll be popular with bidders are Fantastic Four #1 CGC 9.0 featuring the debut of the Fantastic Four and Detective Comics #33 CGC 8.0 which includes the origin of Batman and first appearances of Martha and Thomas Wayne and Joe Chill.
Additional highlights include The Amazing Spider-Man #1 CGC 9.4, Detective Comics #31 CGC 5.0, Hal Foster Prince Valiant #4 Sunday comic strip original art dated March 6, 1937, and Neal Adams’ Detective Comics #407 original cover art.