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1962 Topps "Mars Attacks" Original Artwork for Card #42 "Hairy Fiend"
Starting Bid - $5,000.00, Sold For - $20,880.00
The "Mars Attacks" set issued by Topps needs no introduction. The artwork has been ingrained into the consciousness of our Popular Culture, and has had a lasting impact not only on the youth of the early 1960s, but on all generations since. Collectors have long appreciated the cards as the most significant and classic non-sport issue of the era. The extraordinary artwork, created by Norm Saunders, distinguishes this set as the most highly regarded of all non-sport Topps card issues. Offered is the original artwork to card #42, entitled "Hairy Fiend." Any original Mars Attacks artwork is an incredible find, but this example is particularly shocking and gruesome. In this scene, the soldiers are in the process of being captured and mortally wounded by a gigantic spider. One soldier is trapped dead beneath one of the spider's feet. Another soldier is helplessly trapped beneath a giant spider foot. He is in great pain and is attempting to put up a fight as he stabs his bayonet through the spider's leg, but the bayonet cannot hurt the giant spider, and his efforts are obviously futile. A third terrified soldier is being held and appears to be about to be eaten by the giant spider. This nightmarish quality of this scene is precisely what made the Mars Attacks set so horrifying to parents, and so appealing to youngsters. It is interesting to note that this original artwork includes some additional areas around the perimeter which were covered by the title panel on the issued card. Original Mars Attacks artworks are, of course, extremely rare. They have long been recognized as the most desirable, and elusive, of all non-sport artworks. Auction records for Mars Attacks artworks exceed $20,000. Theoretically all exist, but only fewer than ten examples have ever come to the marketplace over the years. The offered example has been locked away in a major collection for many years. It is a privilege to be able to offer any original Mars Attacks artwork, but all the more so to offer such a tremendous and prime example, which so effectively represents and captures the spirit and horror of the set. The artwork (5.25 x 3.25 inches) is in Excellent condition. Accompanied by an example of the issued Mars Attacks card #42. Reserve $5,000. Estimate $10,000/$15,000. SOLD FOR $20,880.00
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