Well, that Avengers page is up to $49,999 with no reserve met, and the discussion over at the Byrne group has continued. Did the nature of the metal plate and print-making process alter the art, enough, in the ways that are being pointed out. Pretty cool discussion, actually.
I wanted to clarify something from one of those addenda yesterday. Michael Kelleher is credited with working on the Avengers #1 reprints, so that statement I transmitted from him, via the gallery, was not a denial. He did not reconstruct any pages, which was the germane issue about this eBay page. He did some clean-up work (removing little dots, fixing broken lines, etc). Just wanted that to be really clear.
Now I have become curious about this work. What I want to see is three things side by side: an original page, a reconstructed page, and an original edition comic (printed page), and to do some close-up investigating. That could pretty much settle this in a second. It is likely that looking at a known reconstruction and an original edition comic (printed page) would do it.
I'll let you know how that works out.
Maybe I can commission Kelleher to reconstruct a Cerebus page. All the collectors know just how different the Cerebus original art pages are relative to the el-crappo newsprint pages... particular those with super-duper Ger work on them.
I still think that Avengers page is a forgery, but my conviction about that has definitely been reduced.