David Bowie's 'Speed Of Life' And Thousands Of Vintage Comics In Memorabilia Auction

Two-day entertainment memorabilia sale, featuring vintage posters, at Ewbank’s on March 1 and 2

DIRTY DOZEN AUCTIONEwbank’s, Surrey’s leading auction-house, is preparing its two-day Entertainment Memorabilia and Vintage Poster sale on March 1 and 2.

One of the most exciting lots going under the hammer on March 1 is an original shooting script from the iconic 1967 film The Dirty Dozen, directed Robert Aldrich. It has been consigned for sale by one of the “Dozen,” actor Colin Maitland who played Seth Sawyer in the film.

The script is bound in red leather with gold lettering, is dated April 2 1967, and comprises 187 pages, with revision pages and hand-written notes. It comes with a letter of authenticity from Colin Maitland, and carries a pre-sale guide price of between £3,000 and £5,000.

A limited edition book, Speed of Life, recounting the incredible career of David Bowie, is going on sale with an estimate of between £800 and £1,200. Compiled by Bowie and photographer and designer Masayoshi Sukita, it is a 300-page photo essay, captioned throughout by Bowie and Sukita, featuring highlight images spanning 40 years, from the early 1970s.

bowie speed of life auctionThe book on sale at Ewbank’s is number 1,124 of 2,000 copies, is signed by both Bowie and Sukita. It includes a specially-created record pressing on 7" vinyl single of Bowie's 1980 recording It's No Game, with slip-cloth cover and original packaging.

Comic collectors will be delighted by the array of titles on sale in this auction; more than 5,000 will be going under the hammer.

Comics are generally divided into different eras or ages, depending on when they were published. The “Golden Age” is deemed as being 1938 to 1950, which saw the advent of characters such as Superman in 1938, followed by Women Woman and Batman in 1941. Comics provided a cheap source of entertainment during World War II and it wasn’t unusual to see sales of a single issue reach more than one million.

comic auctionsThe “Silver Age” from 1956 to 1970s saw Atlas Comics change its name to Marvel in 1961, and DC Comics bought back The Flash after a five-year break, leading to a superhero revival. Characters including Spiderman, Thor, The Hulk and X-Men all made their debuts in the 1960s.

During the “Bronze Age” from 1970 to 1985, stories took on a darker and grittier atmosphere to reflect troubled social times, and Hollywood used comics as inspiration for films for the first time, the 1978 film Superman was a huge critical success.

The “Modern Age” of comics from 1985 to the present day, saw a decline in comic sales. However major media group acquisitions, Warner Bros bought DC Comics, and Disney bought Marvel, saw comic superheroes, including Batman and The Avengers, switch to the silver screen.

Highlights among the many comic on sale include a 1962 Marvel comic, Tales of Suspense - No. 39, which features the very first appearance of Iron Man. The plot was written by Stan Lee and the artwork by Don Heck, it has been valued at between £400 and £600.

A collection of more than 95 X-Men Marvel comics are being sold as one lot, with a pre-sale guide of £600 to £900. It comprises comics from the first issue in 1963 onwards.

woodstock posterA vast array of vintage posters will also be on sale, including a rare poster from the ever-popular James Bond franchise. The Italian format poster, featuring artwork by Averardo Cirello, for the 1962 film Dr No, starring Sean Connery as Bond, has a pre-sale estimate of between £1,000 and £1,500.

A Woodstock 1970 original first print poster, featuring Jimi Hendrix, The Who and Jefferson Airplane, carries an estimate of between £500 and £800. It has been signed by Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane.

A British Quad film poster for George Lucas’ 1977 film Star Wars, featuring artwork by Tom Chantrell, has a guide price of between £500 and £800.

Ewbank’s are always interested in new consignments of movie, music or sports memorabilia. Please contact us for a free no obligation valuation.

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