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‘Heroes’ auctions shatters expectations, raises over $60,000

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‘Heroes’ auctions shatters expectations, raises over $60,000

Official Press Release

An all-star list of artists, police officers, firemen, and art-lovers
gathered in the prestigious Club 101 to pay tribute to the Heroes of
September 11th — and in the process raised a staggering amount of money for
the Twin Towers Fund! From Chris Claremont to Adam Kubert, some of the
industry’s most talented creators — who all contributed to Marvel’s HEROES
tribute posterbook — assembled in New York City to see their work sold in a
charity auction. And when guest-host Kevin Smith took the microphone, the
crowd — filled to standing-room-only capacity — knew they were in for a
special night. But it wasn’t until the winning bids were tallied that all
present realized just how amazing the auction was.

20 paintings and illustrations were auctioned, raising a staggering
$66,750.00! Considering that the estimated bids would total a little over
$20,000.00, this final amount raised was indeed impressive. The highest bid
went to Alex Ross’s HEROES cover painting — which raised $10,000.00 alone
— followed by a $7,000.00 winning bid for the HEROES back cover
illustration by Marvel Editor In Chief Joe Quesada and Todd McFarlane —
purchased by Joe’s wife, Nanci Quesada! The icing on the cake? Kevin Smith
outbid himself to purchase a painting by Brian Stelfreeze!

The artwork’s creators and the winning bids included:

1. Neal Adams – $4,600.00

2. J. Scott Campbell – $800.00

3. Richard Corben – $800.00

4. Mike Deodato – $4,000.00

5. Gene Ha – $800.00

6. Sam Kieth – $6,000.00

7. Adam Kubert – $900.00

8. Joe Kubert – $1,350.00

9. Jim Lee – $2,000.00

10. Jae Lee & Neil Gaiman – $900.00

11. Frank Miller – $6,500.00

12. Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons – $1,600.00

13. Tom Palmer – $3,000.00

14. George Pérez – $1,500.00

15. Joe Quesada & Todd McFarlane – $7,000.00

16. John Romita Sr. & Jr. – $5,000.00

17. Alex Ross – $10,000.00

18. Steve Rude – $3,000.00

19. Bill Sienkiewicz – $3,500.00

20. Brian Stelfreeze – $3,500.00

Total Winning Bids – $66,750.00

“The auction for HEROES was a great event,” said Marvel Editor and event
organizer Andrew Lis. “It showed what we could accomplish as an industry,
and the potential we all have to do good. It was amazing to see members of
the FDNY and NYPD, U.S. Marines, comic art dealers, industry professionals,
models from Glamour Magazine, and reporters from the New York Times and New
York Post, all united for a common cause: to help others get through one of
our nation’s most trying times.”

“Words cannot describe what an incredible night the Heroes Auction turned
out to be,” stated Quesada. “All around you could see New York’s Finest and
Bravest hob-knobbing with comic book legends like Neal Adams and Tom Palmer.
It was truly a sight to behold! I want to thank all those who came to the
event and contributed to this wonderful cause. Also in need of great
recognition are all of the writers and artists who donated to this project.
Keep in mind that we’re not done yet! There’s a very large online auction
coming up shortly, so stay tuned for details!”

For additional information on the online auction, please contact Nadia
Mannarino of All Star Auctions (www.allstarauctions.net, 201-652-1305,
nadia@allstarauctions.net).

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