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1962 Topps Mars Attacks Original Artwork for Card #4 - Saucers Blast Our Jets
Starting Bid - $5,000, Sold For - $9,480
Presented is the original painting to card #4 from the 1962 Topps "Mars Attacks" set, entitled Saucers Blast Our Jets, created by artist Norm Saunders. In this graphic scene the United States Air Force finds that its jets are no match for the more sophisticated Martian fleet of saucers. A large saucer is seen intentionally flying into a jet, destroying it, while at the same time firing on other jets, one of which is pictured careening towards earth in a ball of flames. This is one of the earliest cards in this set of fifty-five card, depicting the destruction wrought by the Martians' superior technology, and one that sets the stage for the future carnage to come. Like it did to nearly all original "Mars Attacks" paintings, Topps slightly cropped the image seen here when it produced the issued card. Original "Mars Attacks" artworks are, of course, extremely rare. Robert Edward Auctions has been fortunate to offer a total of ten "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. Finally, in 2011 we handled three additional artworks (for card numbers 7, 22, and 34), which sold for $11,163, $10,575, and $11,750, respectively. Theoretically all of the other artworks exist, but few examples have ever come to the marketplace over the years. The images from the "Mars Attacks" set have been ingrained into the consciousness of our popular culture, and have had a lasting impact not only on the youth of the early 1960s, but on all generations since. Every painting in the set is a classic, with this example no exception. It is a special privilege for us to be able to offer any original "Mars Attacks" artwork. The artwork (5.25 x 3.5 inches) has normal production-related remnants on the reverse, including the card number "4A," and is otherwise in Near Mint to Mint condition. Reserve $5,000. Estimate $10,000+. SOLD FOR $9,480
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