Following hot on the heels of the Great Independence Day 80 Auction of the art prelims comes a Heritage Auction with what looks to be a house-cleaning on the rest of the "to be sold at auction" inventory, plus a surprise. So gather your Crowns, kiddies.
Let's start with the surprise. Well, it is two (two!), two surprises in one! The original art from a full early issue - #6! I, at least, was always under the assumption that, except for issue #4, which was sold out from the Kramer Estate to The Rich Fiction Author in the UK (for about $12K, as I recall), all of these early issues were scattered to the winds during the early sale of pages from the back of the book.
The starting bid ($1900) is not as much a surprise as the estimated value of the "lot" of 22 pages of around $3500 ($160 each...).
The rest we have seen before - 3 nice cover re-creations and a couple of newer color pieces - the estimates on these seem reasonable. Of course, with a 22% tax on each purchase (the "Buyer's Fee"), none of these pieces is terribly attractive when paying tax is sooooo irksome. I just might sit all of these out on this basis alone... well, maybe just one bid on that complete issue (after all, at $400 a page, even a 22% tax would be a market-level deal...).