Jim Davies verkauft über 11.000 Original Garfield-Zeichnungen aus den Jahren 1978-2011. Heritage Auctions bietet seit Sommer jede Woche ein paar der Comics aus der Garfield-Goldgrube an, die Auktion der gesammelten Garfield-Zeichnungen dürfte sich noch ein paar Jahre lang hinziehen. Unten ein paar meiner Favorites feat. Passermarken, Scribbles und TippEx.
Indiana-based Davis says that over the years he gave some strips to family, friends and staff, while others are on displays at museums, including the Smithsonian Institution, and he even tried selling them on his website for a few years. But he kept most of them, he says, storing them in a fireproof, climate-controlled vault.
The auction, he said, “was just a logical thing to do with an awful lot of comic strips and an opportunity to allow not just collectors but a lot of the fans over the years to have access to the strips as well without me having to send them out one at a time.”
Brian Wiedman, a comic grader at Heritage, says the daily strips are currently selling on average from around $500 to $700, and the longer Sunday strips are selling for $1,500 to $3,000. He said the value is often determined by “who is doing what, when and where. So Garfield eating lasagna, which is a trademark for him, that would be considered kind of one of the more expensive ones,” Wiedman said. Also adding value, he said, is an appearance by the strip’s other characters, which include Garfield’s owner Jon Arbuckle and Odie, his dog.