A rare collection of works by comic book legend Stan Lee are going up for auction just days after his death.
The items are part of the highly anticipated Icons & Idols: Hollywood event coordinated by Julien’s Auctions, the world-record-breaking auction house.
The collection of nearly 20 items includes important artifacts from the universe of Stan Lee, the writer, editor and publisher behind some of the most iconic Marvel Comics characters, Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, Black Panther and Fantastic Four among others. He died on November 12, 2018, at the age of 95.
“We were saddened to hear of Mr. Lee’s passing as we opened our pre-sale exhibition,” said Darren Julien, President and CEO of Julien’s Auctions. “At Julien’s, we have always been in awe of Stan Lee’s contributions to comic book art and feel fortunate to have this Collection as part of our Icons & Idols: Hollywood event on view at our Beverly Hills gallery. Fans of Mr. Lee are most certainly welcome to visit this free event.”
Consigned months ago by an anonymous collector, highlights heading to the auction block feature numerous original comic books signed and written by Stan Lee including a copy of Amazing Fantasy #15 featuring the first appearance, and origin story, of Marvel’s most famous character, Spider-Man. It has an estimated value of $30,000 to $50,000.
Also going under the hammer is a Stan Lee signed copy of The Amazing Spider-Man #1 that features the retelling of Spider-Man’s origin (initially published in Amazing Fantasy #15) and featured the first appearance of J. Jonah Jameson and the Chameleon as well as the first cross-over with the Fantastic Four – it is expected to sell for $2,000 to $4,000. Elsewhere, a Lee signed copy of The Amazing Spider-Man #42 that features the first full appearance of Mary Jane Watson has an estimated sale price of $800 to $1,200 and an edition of Star Wars #97 from 1985, signed by Stan Lee, is expected to change hands for the same amount.
Additional lots include sketches and a custom fiberglass life-size mannequin of Spider-Man designed to hang from the ceiling which is likely to sell for around $1,000 to $2,000.
The event will take place at The Standard Oil Building in Beverly Hills, California, and live online via the auctioneer’s website, on Friday, November 16, and Saturday, November 17, 2018.
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