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High-End Comic Art

The high-end market for original comic art has exploded in recent years, according to Heritage Auctions, the largest dealer in that market. Since the company began dealing in comic auctions in 2001, total sales—from original newsprint strips to original oil paintings, superheros and Peanuts—roughly doubled to $9.1 million in 2008.

This weekend, the Dallas-based company is sponsoring an auction of work by Joe Kubert, an artist perhaps best known for his work on Hawkman, Viking Prince, Sgt. Rock, and Enemy Ace for DC Comics. That auction alone could bring in as much as $5 million, says Todd Hignite, consignment director at Heritage.

Click ahead to for a look at the original comic art illustrations that have fetched the highest auction prices over the years, according to Heritage.

By Matt Hunter
Posted 18 Nov 2009

Photo: Heritage Auctions