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1962 Topps "Mars Attacks" Original Artwork #23 The Frost Ray
Starting Bid - $5,000, Sold For - $8,888
Offered is the original painting to card #23 from the 1962 Topps "Mars Attacks" set, entitled The Frost Ray. In this scene, the Martians' saucers are flying above the city, scouting for signs of life, and releasing a ray of ice to freeze the terrified humans on the streets. The text on the back of the card tells us that the group was just two blocks away from their destination, a city hospital, when the invadors revealed this "new chilling horror." We are also informed that "the rays of the sun had no thawing effect at all." 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. Theoretically all exist, but only a few examples have ever come to the marketplace over the years. The paintings from the "Mars Attacks" set have been ingrained into 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. It is a special privilege for us to be able to offer any original "Mars Attacks" artwork. The offered artwork has been sold at auction once before. It originally appeared as Lot #1395 in REA's May 2006 auction (at that time realizing $19,720) and has been consigned directly from the purchaser at that sale. The artwork (5.5 x 3.75 inches) is in Near Mint to Mint condition. Reserve $5,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $8,888
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