Comic book art from Deadpool debut climbs to $40,380

Fresh-to-market original comic book art spurred a fan frenzy at Hake’s March 13-14 auction and produced a $1.26 million result.
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Rob Liefeld original comic book page art from “New Mutants” #98, Feb. 1991, the issue featuring Deadpool’s debut, $40,380.

Rob Liefeld original comic book page art from “New Mutants” #98, Feb. 1991, the issue featuring Deadpool’s debut, $40,380. All images courtesy of Hake’s Auctions. 

YORK, Pa. – Fresh-to-market original comic book art spurred a fan frenzy at Hake’s March 13-14 auction and produced a $1.26 million result, with new auction records set by several prize entries.

Predicted to finish well in the money, Rob Liefeld’s original pen-and-ink art for Page 27 of New Mutants #98, published by Marvel in February 1991, did not disappoint. It finished at $40,380, making it the auction’s top lot.

“The artboard is from the issue that introduced Deadpool, the wildly popular antihero who went on to star in countless comics, video games and films,” said Hake’s President Alex Winter.

“Original page art from Issue 98 is especially rare if it actually depicts Deadpool – which was the case with the page art we sold – because he appears on only seven pages in that issue.”

The artwork had been held privately since shortly after the issue’s publication and had never before been offered for public sale.

Hake’s is currently accepting consignments for future auctions. For more information, call 866-404-9800 (toll-free) or 717-434-1600, email hakes@hakes.com, or visit www.hakes.com.

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