Superman collectibles set to soar at Hake's Americana sale



2015-10-23 09:42:08

Rare Superman collectibles, from original artwork to toys and movie memorabilia, will be amongst the top lots of a Hake's Americana auction next month.

The sale features the second offering of items from the collection of the late Ken “Franco” Toscanini, following highly successful results for the first part of the collection in July 2015. 

One of the standout lots is an original watercolour painting of Superman in flight, by the celebrated science fiction and fantasy artist Frank Frazetta.

Renowned for his comic strips, book covers, album cover, and movie poster artwork, Frazetta was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 1995 and the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1999.

However, despite more than 60 years in the industry Frazetta produced just one work featuring the iconic comic book hero. “This was the only depiction of Superman Frank Frazetta ever created,” said Hake's President Alex Winter. “It was a commissioned job to commemorate the character’s 50th anniversary.”

Dating from 1988, the artwork will be offered along with a letter from Harry Matetsky, collectibles expert and author of The Adventures Of Superman Collecting, who states: “When he accepted the commission, Frazetta said that his version of ‘the Man of Steel’ would be based on the style of Superman’s original creators, Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster.”

This unique artwork, from one of the most acclaimed illustrators of his generation, is expected to sell for $10,000-$20,000.

Further notable Superman lots within the extensive auction will include a rare one-sheet poster for original 1948 release of the movie serial, starring Kirk Alyn as Superman, estimated at $10,000-$20,000; and one of two-known vintage carton's used to ship Bowman’s Superman 1-Cent Super Bubble Gum and Picture Card sets, also estimated at $10,000-$20,000.

The Hake's Americana sale features more than 2,700 lots, and closes for bidding on November 10-12.

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