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1962 Topps Mars Attacks Original Artwork for Card #7 - Destroying Bridge
Starting Bid - $5,000, Sold For - $11,163
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 nonsport issue of the era. The extraordinary artwork, created by Norm Saunders, distinguishes this set as the most highly regarded of all nonsport Topps card issues. Presented is the original artwork to card #7, entitled Destroying Bridge. Any original "Mars Attacks" artwork is an incredible find, but this example features a particularly memorable scene of chaos and carnage that is ideal in that it characterizes the set. In this scene, the Martians' saucers are releasing death rays and destroying the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. All Mars Attacks original artworks are masterpieces. The excessively graphic, violent image on this card, makes it one of the set's most horrifying cards. This is an ideal "Mars Attacks" artwork. All original "Mars Attacks" artworks are, of course, extremely rare. Theoretically all exist, but only a few examples have ever come to the marketplace. Robert Edward Auctions has been fortunate to offer a total of seven "Mars Attacks" original artworks over the years. In 2004, we sold the painting for card #25 for $37,375. In 2006, we had the privilege of offering three "Mars Attacks" artworks (for card numbers 5, 23, and 42), which sold for $29,000, $19,720, and $20,880 respectively. In 2009, we sold the original artwork to the iconic card #1 "The Invasion Begins" for $82,250. In 2010, we offered two more "Mars Attacks" artworks (for card numbers 9 and 51), which sold for $26,438 and $11,750, respectively. The offered example has been locked away in a major private collection for decades. It has never before been offered at auction. 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 of the set. The artwork (5.5 x 3.75 inches) has normal production-related remnants on the reverse and is otherwise in Near Mint to Mint condition. Reserve $5,000. Estimate $10,000+. SOLD FOR $11,163
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