The Ray Bradbury Estate auction ended September 25 and now we’re in the next phase – when dealers who invested in select items will see if they can reap profits reselling them.
Two current examples on eBay are an award Bradbury received from Comic-Con and, of all things, a cast of Forry Ackerman’s hand.
Award honoring the legendary sci-fi author features a tall solid glass pillar in the design of a rolled sheaf of papers with a swirled top showing the rolled look and with the looks of edges of the paper groved into the glass shaft. The award has the SDCCI logo printed in gilt at the top. This sphere is mounted upon a glossy black 3-stepped base, it reads in gilt, ”2010 ICON AWARD – RAY BRADBURY – This award is presented to this individual for being instrumental in creating greater awareness of and appreciation for comic books and related popular art forms”. Bradbury is one of only 8 people to receive this rare award, Comic-Con’s highest honor. The other recipients are George Lucas, June Foray, Neil Gaiman, Stan Lee, Matt Groening, Frank Miller, and J. Michael Straczynski.
Forry Ackerman’s hand also hit the market, its value greatly enhanced once John King Tarpinian identified it. The cast went unsold during the auction, then retailed for $625 afterwards. When offered on eBay yesterday it immediately found a buyer willing to pay $2,000.
ACKERMAN, FORREST J & RAY BRADBURY. Life-Cast of Forrest J Ackerman’s Left Hand Complete with Him Wearing Bela Lugosi’s Dracula Ring – This Cast Was Owned by Ray Bradbury. From author Ray Bradbury’s personal collection with a certificate of authenticity from the Ray Bradbury estate, this is an original casting in resin with a bronzing finish of Forrest J Ackerman’s very detailed left hand showing Bela Lugosi’s Dracula Crest Ring that Ackerman wore, and displaying an Egyptian scrab cuff link on the cuff of the shirt sleeve area.
Ackerman’s famous Dracula ring was originally worn by John Carradine in Universal’s House of Frankenstein (1944) and House of Dracula (1945), then by Bela Lugosi in Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948).
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