Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Frazetta Auction

The time has arrived. I will be selling my collection in December through the PROFILES IN HISTORY auction house. There are many extraordinary examples that will be offered. It will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to bid in a once-in-a-lifetime collection. I have passionately and lovingly assembled these originals over the past fifty years and have always collected with an eye to quality, not nostalgia, fad, or the moment's fashionable artist. Frazetta is and will always be a part of art history.

There will be a luxury oversized hardbound catalog for this auction. I will write the descriptions and provide background stories where appropriate. The catalog will be unique in the narrative context that is provided for the art. The collection will also include inscribed books, photographs, portfolios, paperbacks, books, and a near complete set of Frazetta fanzines from the past forty years. In short, it will be a treasure trove of Frazetta goodness.

The announcement is being made official today at the 2015 San Diego Comic Con. I will update this site with more information as I get it. This is just the start of the process. Do not ask about individual pieces just yet. Much that is in these blog pages will be for auction.

Start saving your pennies! Once these originals are sold I doubt if you will see them again for a long time. Fair warning has been given!

DocDave

30 comments:

  1. Oh Doc! Those Canaveral Press plates! You moved heaven and earth to get those! You are a braver man than I! Can't wait to see that catalog! Be well!!!

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  2. I never said it was easy!

    DAVE

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  3. Wow, Dave! Exciting! Will want a signed catalog! Good luck with the Auction! Matt Scibilia

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  4. Thanks Matt! Interesting times ahead. I have high hopes for a real quality catalog.

    Dave

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  5. You're auctioning your ENTIRE Frazetta collection? WOw this is going to be some spectacular auction. i can't wait to see what's offered. i've never bid with Profiles in history before but i will in December. Hope i can get a catalog as well. -Tom

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  6. I will also want a copy of the catalog (signed by you if possible?) Will the photo of the un-cropped "Aqulonia" be in the catalog or the auction? I can't possibly afford an original, but I would dearly love a copy of the photo.

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  7. Stay tuned and check the Profiles in zhistory web site.

    Thanks.

    Dave

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  8. How does the world's number one frazetta fan suddenly give it all up?

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  9. Not quite. I will always collect and preserve my passion for Frank. However, it is time to pass the otiginals on to other serious collectors. I have had some of these pieces for decades. Time to pass the legacy along to another generation. I have been collecting for 60 years....sixty years!!! A long time.

    Dave

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  10. First of all, it's really great to see you updating this blog and to know you are well, Dave! This is my first time writing a comment here, even though I've been following this blog for years so a new post here is certainly very exciting to me.This is going to be truly a once-in-a lifetime event! I guess it's time to really start saving because I'm sure prices will go really high very quickly. Cheers, Dave!

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  11. Thank you!! The auction should be quite an interesting event. Stay tuned.

    Dave

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  12. What would you say is the 'jewel' of the collection, Dave? Certain of the Canaveral Press Tarzan pen-and-ink pieces? Or do you own one of the major oils we don't know about (yet)?

    Best regards,

    Alec

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  13. Alec,

    The answer to that question changes every day. I cannot give a definitive answer. The Canaverals are all world class, of course. The LION QUEEN color piece is simply spectacular as well. The Lord of Rings NAZGUL plate is amazing, as is the Kubla Khan death scene. So much quality...I was blessed. Even the CINDY IS SAVED story...amazing art. Pick any one...I love it. Time to pass it on.

    DAVE

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  14. Good luck with the sales, Dave. Looking forward to the catalog!

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  15. This sounds like it is going to be amazing! Dave, sorry if this has been answered, but will the catalog be available from Profiles in History directly? I would absolutely love to read your thoughts and stories on any of the pieces in your collection.

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  16. Yes the catalog will be sold from Profiles. I will let you know on this site when it comes available.

    Dave

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  17. Are there going to be reserves or are you going to sell your artwitht no reserve? Probably a good time to sell...the original art market is dominated by superhero art...that's probably not going to change anytime soon. If you wait another 5-10 years, you're more than likely going to leave a significant amount of money on the table. I also look forward to the catalogue...but...with your long and over the top descriptions that catalogue will probably be as thick as the thickest phonebook!

    Regards,

    John

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  18. No reserves John and descriptions commensurate with the quality of the originals!!

    Dave

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  19. Dave, I sure hope you keep me in mind for a catalog. Lord know, my money goes into improving my house which is still less expensive than one of these gems. It is gratifying to see the Frazetta legacy has been maintained as far as the value of the original art goes.

    Best,
    Rick

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  20. Rick,
    Everything will be handled by the PROFILES IN HISTORY web site. Catalog should be available in November sometime.

    All the best,
    Dave

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  21. Dave, by NAZGUL plate do you mean the original ink of this drawing or some kind of plate for reproducing the portfolio images?
    Chris

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  22. Dear Doc,
    I can believe that this is not an easy parting for you. Honestly, I was a bit shaken when I heard the news. When a Frazetta question has come up the answer among the folks I talk to is usually, "Doc Dave would know." This was almost like, "The Shadow doesn't know." :( I am glad to hear that you are still interested in Frazetta and to some degree in collecting things by him. Yes, it will be amazing to see the catalog. And still, in my heart of hearts, I have this longing for a museum that has a room, where kids and the kid in many of us art lovers can peer round the corner and look into the worlds that Frank made with his brushes and pens and paints and all that amazing energy. I'll look forward to hearing more from you here. Best wishes and God bless you, Aaron

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  23. Thank you, Aaron. I appreciate your comments. Yes, there are still a few things out there that I would love to own. And there is still more that I plan to say about Frank. You are correct. This is not easy, but it is the right time for me. I have owned many pieces for decades. Pure pleasure. Time to pass it along.

    DAVE

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  24. Doc Dave, my other post never showed up for some reason, unsure why or if I am doing this right. Indeed your mention of the Nazgul plate has really sent me into a spin. Do you have the other Lord of the Rings plates or just this one? And is the plate 1:1 with the original? In photos I have found online it seems the Canaveral plates were slightly smaller in size. Thanks

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  25. I only have the Nazgul plate. It is larger than printed size and really incredible in person. I alwaysconsidered it the finest of those LOTR plates.

    There will be a great repro of it in the catalog.

    Dave

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  26. Well this doesn't bode for my affording much from this auction, truly a wonderful piece with a massive price.

    http://www.comiclink.com/auctions/item.asp?id=1073111

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  27. I realized you need an account to see the closing price of this piece I posted. It closed at 47,000 on Sept 10,2015.

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  28. Quite honestly, I thought it would have gone higher. That was a bargain.

    Dave

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  29. Interesting, I had no clue on what inks were bringing these days. I will say it might be the best ink I have seen by him. Curious to hear other's thoughts.

    Dave, do you put the Nazgul and Canaveral plates in the same range then? Curious.

    Chris

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  30. The best of the Canaverals are in a class by themselves. I havevwritten about that extensively in many essays.

    However, the NAZGUL and Kubla Khan death scene are not far behind. They are unequalled masterpieces.

    Dave

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