You’re reading the 4th part in a series of articles analyzing Jim Lee’s Original Comic Art Charity Auctions for Comic Book stores in need during the Covid-19 pandemic. Auction #40 has just ended, so we’re ready for an overview of auctions #31-40.
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What will happen now?
These are the last 10 “headsketches”, but as you can guess they’re not all headsketches, we’ll see a bust, two waist-up figures and two full figures (with #40 Raven, being a full illustration).
Jim Lee himself annouced on his social profiles that “Sketches 41-50 may be a little different than the rest as I try some mixed media.” and “This ends the “headshots” guiding principle for sketches 21-40.The next ten 41-50 will be mixed media and very different and experimental. Maybe a painted on canvas piece? Then the final 10 51-60 will return to the original style and approach that started this whole crazy campaign! Curious to see what I come up with? Me too”
But he forgot to tell us if these will still be headsketches or not. Well judging from #41 (Brainiac being auctioned now) they will.
Time for Charts.
Let’s see the first chart for auctions 31-40. #34 Ace the Bat-Hound (and Batman) was sold for $20,100, it sets a new record for exactly $1k over #28, Death, but the other 9 pieces performed less than we’re used to, with only 2 sketches going over $10k. At the same time no one went for less than $5k, (there were three between #21-30).
Sketch #34 contained the first depiction of a regular Batman (alternate versions/costumes of Batman were already drawn), and as you could expect, it was exactly what fans were waiting for taking it to more than $20k.
In the second chart we see that the total raised by Jim Lee alone for charity (not counting the many pieces donated by his colleagues) is now at $ with $200k already sent to store owners in need.