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1962 Topps Mars Attacks Original Artwork for Card #22 - Burning Cattle
Starting Bid - $5,000, Sold For - $10,575
Presented is the original painting to card #22 from the 1962 Topps "Mars Attacks" set, entitled Burning Cattle . In this gruesome scene, the Martians' saucers are flying above the farm, scouting for signs of life, and releasing a deadly ray to burn the cattle on the grassy field, while the farmer desperately tries to run for cover. The cattle in the foreground are engulfed in flames and are burning to death. It is easy to see that this is exactly the type of card in the "Mars Attacks" set that created so much outrage among parents at the time. Looking closely, one has to wonder exactly how this card, and this entire set, ever got marketed and sold to kids. This painting is the work of the legendary Norm Saunders. The artwork includes additional image area which was cropped out by Topps on the issued card. Original "Mars Attacks" artworks are, of course, extremely rare. Robert Edward Auctions has been fortunate to offer a total of seven "Mars Attacks" original artworks over the years. In 2004, we sold the painting for card #25 for $37,375. In 2006, we had the privilege of offering three "Mars Attacks" artworks (for card numbers 5, 23, and 42), which sold for $29,000, $19,720, and $20,880, respectively. In 2009, we sold the original artwork to the iconic card #1 The "Invasion Begins" for $82,250. In 2010, we offered two more "Mars Attacks" artworks (for card numbers 9 and 51), which sold for $26,438 and $11,750 respectively. Theoretically all exist, but only a few examples have ever come to the marketplace over the years. The images from the "Mars Attacks" set have been ingrained into the consciousness of our popular culture, and have had a lasting impact not only on the youth of the early 1960s, but on all generations since. Every painting in the set is a classic. The excessively graphic, violent image on this card makes it one of the set's most horrifying cards (and we mean that as a good thing). The offered example has been locked away in a major collection for decades. It has never before been offered at auction. It is a special privilege for us to be able to offer any original "Mars Attacks" artwork. The artwork (5.5 x 3.75 inches) has normal production-related remnants on the reverse and is otherwise is in Near Mint to Mint condition. Reserve $5,000. Estimate $10,000+. SOLD FOR $10,575
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