Thousands made for items under hammer

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HITLER outshines superheroes, at least when it comes to auction prices.

As reported in last week’s Rasen Mail, a pen and watercolour drawing by history’s best-known dictator Adolf Hitler went on sale in Brigg.

And auctioneer Fred Kirkby of Brown and Co said the item had attracted lots of interest.

“The bidding went in at £500 and then flew up,” he said.

Painted in 1916, while Hitler was a young soldier serving in the trenches of France during the First World War, the piece sold for £1,000, the lower end of the estimate.

The painting went to an internet buyer, who also picked up the copy of Hitler’s Mein Kampf, which was also on sale, for the bargain price of £60, well below the estimate of £200 to £300.

Meanwhile, at the auction house of John Taylor of Louth, staff and supporters of Market Rasen’s Oxfam charity shop were eagerly awaiting the outcome from the sale of their recently acquired collection of superhero comics.

Top sellers proved to be the Spiderman and X-Men editions, which auctioneer Alistair Taylor said sold “well above estimate”.

“It has been quite a journey in comic book terms, finding out information about the items” he said..

The collection of 3,500, donated to the Oxfam shop by Anthony Mark Mizon and his son Grant, were split into seven lots for last week’s sale.

Top seller was the lot containing Spiderman and X-Men, which sold for £680, with two other lots being sold for £250 and £120.

Four of the seven lots remain unsold.

“We are happy with how things have gone,” said Mr Taylor.

“Some of the lots did not make their reserve, so were unsold.

“We wanted to protect Oxfam by putting a reasonable reserve on the items.

“Obviously we would like to sell the remaining comics and we are happy to speak to anyone who may be interested.”

Manager of Market Rasen Oxfam, Pamela Clark said she fully understood the auctioneer not wanting the comics to go for less than their true worth.

“We are pleased with what was sold and will be eternally grateful to Mr Mizon for such a generous donation to our charity.

“Already more than £1,000 has been raised from the sale, which is a fantastic amount and one of our largest ever donations.”