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Lichtenstein piece sold for $43M, comic that inspired it? $431
Last week I posted news about a Roy Lichtenstein painting had sold at auction for $43 million. Jeff Darcy (in the comments) noted the original comic art upon which the Pop Art painting was based was recently sold on eBay for “a few hundred bucks.” Turns out it was $431 to be exact.
Here’s a piece in Art Info on the contrast between the two art pieces:
Barsalou has his own auction story to tell, in fact, tying the frayed thread between Overgard and Lichtenstein. Last August, the cartoon aficionado found the original Overgard panel on eBay and outdueled four other remote bidders to snag the prize for $431. Overgard had donated his 3,000-plus cartoon archive to the Special Collections Research Center at Syracuse University, but that panel is not part of that protected trove.
“To me,” said Barsalou, “it was the steal of the century.”
Steal of the century indeed.
Steve Roper by Allen Saunders and William Overgard)