The complete run of DC’s comics published since the company’s 1934 founding through 2014 is up for sale featuring more than 40,000 comics spanning nine decades.
Sotheby’s began auctioning the entire collection as a single lot in a private online sale. Sotheby’s insists,
“Everyone and everything is here.
“The work of successive generations of the greatest comic book artists and writers are preserved in the collection.” …including pioneers Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster and Jack “King” Kirby.
The collection was amassed by British DJ and producer Ian Levine, accumulating one of the most respected comic book collections ever. He did clarify on Twitter recently that while he DID curate the entire collection, and it still bears his name, he sold it 12 years ago and is not behind the current sale.
I sold them twelve years ago. PLEASE get your facts straight. https://t.co/mybt91fb8u— Ian Levine (@IanLevine) March 30, 2020
Sotheby’s online says,
For a decade, Levine purchased a new copy of every DC issue he could find, while trying to fill in earlier issues. However, in pre-internet 1987, Levine despaired of finding many Golden Age comics he lacked, and decided to sell many of his best issues in order to fund his collection of Northern Soul records and Doctor Who film prints. However, reviewing his stacks of comic books with the purchaser reawakened his passion for this pop art form, and Levine bought his comics back from the dealer he had sold them to—at a 50% premium. Amassing about half of the comics DC had ever published, Levine determined to form a complete collection.
Richard Austin, head of the books and manuscripts department at Sotheby’s said,
“The Ian Levine Collection is the holy grail for comics collectors. Amassed over decades of hunting, Levine’s collection embodies the passion and fandom that has defined comics culture for generations.”
DC still publishes new comic books, but Levine painstakingly accumulated every issue from what is considered the genre’s golden age, as well as foreign reprints, anthology reprints and “ashcan” issues that were never available for sale, contact printivity for catalog printing and special comic issues !
A price is not listed for the entire collection, but it will break $10 million for sure. Do I hear 20?! 30?!
To find out more and see the online catalogue and more, go to Sotheby’s.
(via NY Post)