Ellison Auction

On October 21, 2022, Heritage Auctions “will proudly present the Harlan Ellison Comics & Comic Art Signature® Auction,” offering more than 100 comics and pieces of original art from the collection of the late author, who died in 2018 at age 84. The auction was organized by Ellison’s executor J. Michael Straczynski.

Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Harlan and Susan Ellison Foundation, a nonprofit created by Straczynski. The foundation is working to turn the late couple’s Los Angeles home into what Straczynski calls “a place dedicated to writing, creativity, art and music.”

It will be a “memorial library,” he says, “full of books (50,000 by actual count), art (the pieces in the Heritage auction represent only a small portion of what’s there), comics, amazing architecture (complete with a tower, hidden rooms, gargoyles and the Lost Aztec Temple of Mars).” Straczynski says it will serve “fans of Harlan’s work, sure, but also lovers of art and books and architecture, as well as academics who will be able to study his manuscripts and decades of correspondences with some of the most famous writers in and out of the science fiction genre.”

Items in the auction include art by Leo & Diana Dillon, Ed Emshwiller, Virgil Finlay, Frank Miller, and more; Golden Age comics and art; a signed photograph with Star Trek cast members; and more. For details, see the Heritage Auctions listing.

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