Local collections, new issues, good things: Bruneau’s comic book sale
Greg Smith live review
CRANSTON, RI – It turns out that a treasure was lurking in the backyard of Bruneau & Co in Rhode Island as the September 25 “Comic, TGC & Toy” auction brought together 446 lots of a number of local collectors.
“Interestingly, we had a lot of local items in this sale,” said Travis Landry, director of pop culture for Bruneau & Co.
Among them was the flagship lot of the sale, a copy of Fantastic 4 # 1 CGC scored 4.5 which grossed $ 22,500. The issue presents the origin and first appearance of the Fantastic Four and the Mole Man.
“It came in on one of our evaluation Tuesdays,” Landry said. “It was the original owner who bought it from a newsstand in 1961. It was the only Marvel comic he owned, his entire collection was Dell, Westerns and Romance. He said when superheroes and Marvel came out in 1961 he wanted to try them out so he bought Fantastic 4. He said he hated it and it was the only one he had ever bought.
Landry said the gentleman has 100 other books in his favorite genres, although the market does not share his tastes and they all sold for less than $ 500 in total.
While the result only pushed the cap slightly higher for this category – the market average was around $ 20,800 before the sale – Landry said this just shows that Fantastic 4 is on the rise.
“This will be the last film in the fourth phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. People say that in 2023, The Fantastic Four 1 will probably be worth $ 50,000, ”he said.
Another book that another Cranston collector RI bought on newsstands was a The Incredible Hulk # 181 in a CGC 8.5 that sold for $ 9,000. The sender bought this number at the stand at the same time as he bought a The Incredible Hulk # 180, which sold for $ 3,600, and a The Incredible Hulk # 182, which brought in $ 570. The combined cost at the time was $ 0.75, or 25 cents per issue.
Another collector from Rhode Island brought her collection of dolls to life and they turned out to be quite desirable. Among them were two copies of the French fashion of Emile Jumeau and both were stamped “Jumeau Médaille d’Or Paris”, placing them in the upper echelon of the manufacturer’s productions.
“The amount of interest in these dolls was high,” said Landry. “We had four bidders over the phone and the internet was crazy, but the two Twins sold internally. A lady and her husband entered the auction at 9:30 a.m., half an hour before the auction started, watched a preview, and spent the entire auction buying these dolls. They waited through all the comics and toys.
The dolls have arrived at the end of the sale and the bidder has been determined. An example with a white and blue drop waist dress with lace accents, 12 inches tall, sold for $ 5,280. The other, 12½ inches tall, also with a low waist white dress, sold for $ 4,320.
The day after the sale, Landry was on the road again for a Antiques roadshow filming in Virginia.
The company will hold its next comic book sale on October 27, a video game sale on November 6 and 7, and a historic weapons and militaria auction on November 20.
All prices shown include the buyer’s premium. For information, www.bruneauandco.com or 401-533-9980.