The auctions for the "Independence-80" are over. I put my bids up a while ago and just ignored them.
I got the six I wanted, so let's start with mine (shall we?).
In order of decreasing price:
Winning bid: $449
Winning Bid: $34.00
Winning Bid: $22.50
Winning bid: $20.50
Winning Bid: $12.76
And, of the remaining 74, there are 10 that went for the same or more than the minimum amount that I paid, which is a totally random way of saying I am not posting all 80, and I had to draw the line somewhere:
Winning Bid ($36.00): seahawk270
Winning Bid (theerisiancollective): $36.00
Winning Bid (meowfisher): $31.00 [Go, Margaret!]
Winning Bid (theerisiancollective): $20.50
Wining Bid (meowfisher): $16.49 [Go, Margaret!]
Winning BId (neely395): $15.50
Winning BId (saltpeanuts2): $15.50
Winning Bid (theerisiancollective): $15.50
Winning Bid (adam_catt): $12.76
Winning Bid (lestat777_1): $12.76
And that leaves the other 64:
$9.99 (24 at this price)
$5.99 (3 at this price)
no bid on: 28
A few themes emerge (look... I'm an academic... I can get away with saying things like "themes emerge"):
(1) the color piece was a gimme for getting attention
(2) the prelims on that commission were popular, probably because of the long-snouted barbarian image
(3) the prelims with the Stooges were popular when all 3 were depicted, probably because there are not a lot of pages out there (are there any?) with the Stooges on them. Dave and Ger - take note: pages with Stooges are potentially hot... just don't put 16 of them up on eBay at the same time
(4) sketchity-sketches of Jaka, which comprised the bulk of the "no bid" items, were not so popular. Jaka fatigue.
I'm thinking, then: a color commission of the Three Wise Guys puzzling and debating the religious implications of a long-snouted Cerebus would be popular.
Hmmm... you know what?
It just might be.
I would not mind seeing that one.
Too bad it doesn't fit the "World Without Cerebus" theme, which is where I am keeping my investment.