Half a dozen letters from J.R.R. Tolkien sold at auction in May 2018 for a total of $36,000, with individual letters selling from $2,700 to $13,000. Two of the letters were sent to artist Mary Fairburn in 1968, praising illustrations of The Lord of the Rings she’d sent him, and including a signed original sketch by Fairburn. The other letters were to Oscar Morland (a British ambassador), Baronne A. Baeyens, K.F. Mawson, and a reply to a “Mr. Mitchell” who’d sent him a fan letter.
In another May auction, Frank Frazetta’s “Death Dealer 6” sold for $1,792,500, far exceeding the expected price of $600,000; the seller bought it for $50,000 15 years ago.
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