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1962 Topps "Mars Attacks" Original Artwork for Card #52 - Giant Robot
Starting Bid - $5,000.00, Sold For - $10,072.50
Presented is the original painting created by artist Norm Saunders for card #52 from the 1962 Topps "Mars Attacks" set, entitled Giant Robot. In this graphic scene, the soldiers are in the process of fighting a gigantic robot. One soldier is bleeding to death beneath the robot's foot. Another soldier is firing a bazooka missile at the giant robot. A third soldier is helplessly trapped in the giant robot's claw. Several other soldiers attempt to assist in the fight. Like it did to nearly all original "Mars Attacks" paintings, Topps slightly cropped the image seen here when it produced the issued card. Original "Mars Attacks" artworks are, of course, extremely rare. Robert Edward Auctions has been fortunate to offer a total of thirteen "Mars Attacks" original artworks over the years. For reference: 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. In 2011, we handled another three artworks (for card numbers 7, 22, and 34), which sold for $11,163, $10,575, and $11,750, respectively. In 2012, we presented the artworks for card numbers 4, 17, and 37, which sold for $9,480, $10,073, and $17,775, respectively. Theoretically all of the other artworks exist, but 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, with this example no exception. It is a special privilege for us to be able to offer any original "Mars Attacks" artwork. The artwork (3.75 x 4.75 inches) has normal production-related remnants on the reverse and is otherwise in Near Mint to Mint condition. Reserve $5,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $10,072.50
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