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Bruneau & Co.’s May 21 Auction: Marvel Mystery Comics #9

            CRANSTON, RI – A copy of Timely Comics Marvel Mystery Comics         The “Madame” puppet has a hand-painted
            #9 from July 1940 and a “Madame” puppet created and used by enter-  composite head with articulated mouth and an
            tainer Wayland Flowers in the late 1970s/early 1980s will co-headline   elaborate bedazzled gown with rhinestone
            a Spring Comic, Toy & Sports Auction slated for Saturday, May 21st,   earrings and necklace. It was recently featured
            by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers, online and live in the Cranston gallery   on an episode of PBS’ Antiques Roadshow and
            located at 63 Fourth Avenue.                                      is accompanied by a VHS of Mr. Flowers
               The auction contains 430 lots, curated from across the country.   using this puppet, a notarized letter about the
            “This auction packs a powerful comic punch, with over three hundred   history of the puppet written by the owner,
            lots of comic books,” said Travis Landry, a Bruneau & Co. auctioneer   and photos of Mr. Flowers and the consignor
            and the firm’s Director of Pop Culture. “I’m also proud to say this is   with the puppet. (est. $10,000-$20,000).
            the first CGC blue label copy of Marvel Mystery Comics #9 to sell in   A copy of Marvel Comics Fantastic Four
            almost a decade. As one of the most iconic Timely Golden Age comics,   #1 (Nov. 1961), graded CGC 2.0, featuring
            it is sure to be a record setter in today’s hot comic market.”    the origin and first appearance of the
                                        Timely Comics Marvel Mystery Comics   Fantastic Four and Mole Man, is estimated at
                                     #9 is ranked #33 on Overstreet’s Top 100   $7,000-$10,000; and a copy of Marvel
                                     Golden Age Comics list. The book fea-    Comics  Amazing Spider-Man #1 (March
                                     tures the second Sub-Mariner cover with   1963), graded CGC 1.8, the first appearance of J. Jonah Jameson and
                                     an iconic Human Torch vs. Sub-Mariner    Chameleon, the first Fantastic Four crossover, plus a retelling of the
                                     battle with classic artwork by Bill Everett   origin of Spider-Man, should hit $6,000-$9,000.
                                     and Alex Schomburg. The copy up for bid     A copy of volume 1 #1 of  Playboy magazine (December 1953),
                                     is graded CGC 4.0 and has a pre-sale     featuring the iconic color nude photo of Marilyn Monroe as the
                                     estimate of $30,000-$50,000. Per GPA     “Sweetheart of the Month,” published by HMH Publishing Company,
                                     Analysis, it has been over 10 years since a   graded CGC 6.5, has an estimate of $4,000-$6,000.
                                     4.0 blue label graded copy was sold.        A preview will be held Thurs. and Fri., May 19th and 20th, from
                                        “This is a fantastic auction with one of   9 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET, in the Bruneau & Co. gallery located at 63 Fourth
                                     the greatest selection of toys we have had   Avenue in Cranston, RI. Doors will open on the day of sale, Saturday,
                                     in a long time,” said Kevin Bruneau,     May 21st at 8 a.m. Bidding is available via absentee bidding,
                                     Bruneau & Co’s president and an auction-  phone or Internet.
                                     eer. “The Wayland Flowers puppet is also    To learn more about Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers and the Spring
            a true blast from the past from my childhood. It is going to be   Comic, Toy & Sports Auction scheduled for Saturday, May 21st at
            interesting to see what it brings in the market today, with how hot   10 am Eastern time, please visit
            Pop Culture is.”

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