Heritage Auctions' Anime Art Auction Breaks $2.1 Million Record

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Heritage Auctions, an auction house based in Dallas Texas, primarily dealing with auction lots of the comic, video game, trading card, and collectible variety, recently held what they deemed to be the world's largest auction of anime art ever. This being the case, it attracted nearly 3,000 bidders from all parts of the globe and fetched a total sum of over $2,100,000! This proves to be a record sale and thus established this auction as the largest anime art auction indeed.

A production cel from the anime Akira, which we had previously covered the auction of. The auctioning of this production cel is attributed to Heritage Auctions.
A production cel from the anime Akira, which we had previously covered the auction of. The auctioning of this production cel is attributed to Heritage Auctions.

According to Heritage Auctions, their June 25th-27th auction, called The Art of Anime and Everything Cool Auction, had a yield by sell-through rates of 100% by value and 99.8% by lots sold. This is a huge deal for the auction house in the short term, and for anime as an art form in the long term, proving, perhaps more than already established, that anime is a lucrative collectible investment.

A production cel from the anime Astro Boy, which we had previously covered the auction of. The auctioning of this production cel is attributed to Heritage Auctions.
A production cel from the anime Astro Boy, which we had previously covered the auction of. The auctioning of this production cel is attributed to Heritage Auctions.

Heritage Auctions is already planning to conduct a second auction based on The Art of Anime and Everything Cool. Furthermore, according to the press release put out by Heritage:

"The hits and big moments in this sale came from all over," Heritage Auctions Animation Art Director Jim Lentz said. "Record breaking prices were seen for lots from Astro BoyDragon BallGhost in the ShellPokémonVampire Hunter DNeon Genesis Evangelion, and all the films from Studio Ghibli and Miyazaki.

A production cel from the anime Princess Mononoke, which we had previously covered the auction of. The auctioning of this production cel is attributed to Heritage Auctions.
A production cel from the anime Princess Mononoke, which we had previously covered the auction of. The auctioning of this production cel is attributed to Heritage Auctions.

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Josh Nelson is a Magic: The Gathering deckbuilding savant, a self-proclaimed scholar of all things Sweeney Todd, and, of course, a writer for Bleeding Cool. In their downtime, Josh can be found painting models, playing Magic, or possibly preaching about the horrors and merits of anthropophagy. You can find them on Twitter at @Burning_Inquiry for all your burning inquiries.
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