Dan Clowes Lloyd Llewellyn #3 Cover Original Art Sells For $47,800

Not the biggest number of the day (see our earlier post on the Dark Knight Returns #2 cover for that) , but certainly the biggest surprise of the just-concluded Heritage comic art session — and likely a record for a Dan Clowes piece by a significant margin — is this sale of the cover of Lloyd Llewellyn #3 from 1986 for $47,800.

Is this a single case of two well-heeled bidders fighting it out over a piece they really wanted, or has the art market just (re)discovered the brilliance of Clowes with a vengeance? With a sale of this magnitude, I suspect we’ll find out over the coming months.

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And the Heritage Auction  blurb:

Dan Clowes Lloyd Llewellyn #3 Cover Original Art (Fantagraphics, 1986). Dan (EightballGhost World) Clowes’ hipster detective is front and center on this wacky cover illustration, which also features several “Big Daddy Roth”-style hot-rodders. Ink and Zipatone shading film on Bristol board, with an approximate image area of 12.5″ x 15″. In Excellent condition. Signed in the lower left corner. Like crazy, man!

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