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1962 Topps "Mars Attacks" Original Artwork for Card #44 Battle In The Air
Starting Bid - $5,000, Sold For - $8,295
The "Mars Attacks" set issued by Topps needs no introduction. The artwork has been ingrained into our popular culture, and has had a lasting impact not only on the youth of the early 1960s, but on all generations since. Collectors have long appreciated the cards as the most significant and classic nonsport issue of the era. The extraordinary artwork, created by Norm Saunders, distinguishes this set as the most highly regarded of all nonsport Topps card issues. Presented is the original artwork to card #44, entitled Battle In The Air. In this scene, a U.S. Army helicopter is firing upon an attacking giant insect which is threatening homes and vehicles below. All "Mars Attacks" original artworks are masterpieces. All original "Mars Attacks" artworks are, of course, extremely rare. Theoretically all exist, but only a few examples have ever come to the marketplace. The offered example has been locked away in a major private collection for decades. It has never before been offered at auction. It is a privilege to be able to offer any original "Mars Attacks" artwork, but all the more so to offer such a prime example, which so effectively represents and captures the spirit of the set. The artwork (5.5 x 3.75 inches) has normal production-related remnants on the reverse as well as a small surface chip in the area of the explosion which has compromised only the top layer of paint. Otherwise in Near Mint to Mint condition. Reserve $5,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $8,295
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