The Big Auction At Orbital Comics Last Night Cost Me Dear…

Last night, I went to a comic book art auction at Orbital Comics, to raise money for the Lakes Festival, held every year in Kendal. It was hosted by Jonathan Ross and leader of the Liberal Democrats and Kendal MP, Tim Farron. I was a university acquaintance of Farron, so it was nice to see him again in a more informal context. And both took the hammer with aplomb, Jonathan's quick wit and readiness to bid against people bidding for items, were matched with Farron's flatter vowelled no-nonsense approach to the business at hand.

 

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I was there to report and record – and in the end I found myself £260 poorer but in receipt of an original colour cover to Viz Comic, after facing down both Farron and Sean Phillips as rival bidders. Thankfully I'd recently sold a few of my own cartoons for Guido Fawkes which should hopefully cover it…

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Here's what sold and for how much.

Steve Bell – George Osborne In Space – £50

Warwick Johnson-Cadwell – War Elephant – £70

Ian Churchill – Revenge #2 p15 – £85

Ian Churchill – Revenge #4 p25 – £100

Stuart Immonen – Superman – £330

Stuart Immonen – Luke Skywalker – £950

Stuart Immonen + Sean Phillips – Wolverine – £140

Graham Dury – Roger Mellie – £60

Jonathan Edwards – Canadian Monsters – £50

Hunt Emerson – Two Drawings – £50

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Jamie Hewlett – Art Fragment – £60

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Charlie Adlward – Walking Dead Omnibus 6 Wraparound – £3500

Boulet – Barbarian Unicorn – £295

Joe Decie – 4 Conversations – £40

Dave Gibbons – Secret Service page – £170

Oliver East – Trains Are Mint – £50

Oliver East – Take Me Back To Manchester – £60

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Duncan Fegredo – Hellboy – £700 (To Jonathan Ross)

Dave McKean, page from Cages – £630

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Posy Simmonds – original sketch for Gemma Bovery – £500

Frank Quitely- Blind Men And Elephant – £230

Dan Berry – Bear Canyon – £40

Joost Swarte – Set of 3 – £500

Joost Swarte – Bookshop Illustration – £200

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Sean Phillips – Fatale Vol 3 Cover – £1700

Junko Mizuno – Little Fluffy Gigilo – £250

Junko Mizuno – Live Draw With Rump Steak – £100

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Simon Thorp – Original Cover From Viz #235 – £260 (That's the one)

Viz Unmasked Parody – £150

Mark Buckingham – Fables #144 page 2 – £160

Dave Gibbons – One off print Of All Your Lake Are Belong To Us – £200

Bill Morrison – Cumbria – £110

Sean Phillips – Bring Me Sunshine – £170

Jonathan Edwards – Castlerigg – £60

Steven Appleby – Lakes Drawing And Print – £250

Sara McIntyre – Pug Bathing – £100

Brian Talbot – Shooting Party – £140

Rian Hughes – London Burlesque Set – £150

Matthais Adolffson – The Lakes – £100

Bryan Talbot – Grandville page – unsold

Bryan Talbot – Heart Of Empire #5 P26 – £175

Bryan Talbot – Portrait Of Julie Tait – £120

Bryan Talbot – Tale Of One Bad Rad Colour Sep – unsold

Jonathan Edwards – 21st Centurey Tank Girl – £85

Boulet- Dystopian Tea Time – £400

Darwyn Cooke – Superman and Zatanna – £410

Seth – Man Or Superman – £140

Darick Robertson – The Boys #4 p16 – £200

Darick Robertson – Absolute Transmetropolitan back and front cover – £1400

The expected total is around £16,000, all going from the pockets of London to the districts of the Lakes…

About Rich Johnston

Head writer and founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world. Living in London, father of two. Political cartoonist.

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