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1936 R39 National Chicle Dare Devils Original Artwork
Starting Bid - $500.00 , Sold For - $1,645.00
Actual original artwork for card #8, entitled “Marshall Ben Marked Him!” from the 1936 Dare Devils set issued by National Chicle. Artwork for card sets from the 1930s is exceedingly rare. In fact, for most sets of the era not a single example survives. Back in the late 1970s a group of material surfaced in the collecting world directly from the family of a National Chicle employee, which included approximately 100 artworks from several National Chicle non-sport sets, including approximately twenty Dare Devils artworks. This artwork originated directly from this historic find. Robert Edward Auctions handled virtually all of this material at the time. Today, these artworks have long been scattered to the four corners of the collecting world. The offered original artwork that recently resurfaced is a spectacular example from this classic 1930s non-sport set. This card illustrates a legendary story in the Old West, in Texas in the 1880s, when a lawman by the name of Ben Thompson intentionally shot a criminal through the ear (not easy to do, even in the "Old West"), thereby "marking" him for life, so Thompson would know him next time he sees him. The artwork is bright, crisp, clean, and very colorful. This is an ideal example of original art from this extremely unusual and popular set, with exceptional detail. Like all Dare Devils artworks, this example originates from the legendary National Chicle archives find. Dimensions: 4.75 x 5.5 inches. In Excellent condition. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $1,645.00
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