Wherein Heritage Invites the Dork Knights Over to See Frank Miller's Original Dark Knight

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A close-up look at the Frank Miller Dark Knight going on sale in May for the very first time
From time to time, Heritage Auction Galleries' public relations director Noah Fleisher extends us the invite to walk across Oak Lawn Ave. to sneak a peek at some of the latest items on the auction block. It's hard to say no when every nook and cranny of that high-rise is packed with some $100,000 treasure lying around on someone's desk like a TPS report. Like, say, today's tour bait: a never-before-offered original Frank Miller splash page from 1986's The Dark Knight Returns, among the most influential comic books in the history of ink.

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Frank Miller drew this when he came to town in 1982.
Barry Sandoval, director of operations for Heritage's Comics operation, won't say too much about where it came from -- only that it belonged to some private collector in Europe who procured the piece shortly after the issue (No. 3, to be specific) hit the stands. "And he held on to it ever since," says Fleisher, who sent the press release earlier this afternoon in which Todd Hignite, consignment director for Comic & Illustration Art, calls the piece "definitive" and "a masterpiece." So much so two Observer staffers -- art director Alexander Flores and web editor Nick Rallo -- took their photos with the illustration. Nerds.

The other Batman you see at right, incidentally, dates back to a 1982 Miller signing at Lone Star Comics' original location on Forest Lane. Belongs to a former local. Though it could be yours for, oh, maybe $3,000 or $4,000 when both pieces for up for sale in May at Heritage's New York City outpost. That's Sandoval's guesstimate. And how much will the Dark Knight piece go for?

Says Sandoval, who's seen in a photo on the other side, "Oh, $100,000. Easily."

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Heritage's Barry Sandoval in his office -- where, just so happens, a $100,000 Carl Banks original decorates one of the walls
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You want a mammoth look at this historic piece of comic art? Right here.
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Fnnychic
Fnnychic

Nerd. I will gladly were thar badge on my pocket protecter

DuckDuckGoose
DuckDuckGoose

"private collector in Europe " -- probably has to liquidate assets to buy another miniature giraffe for breeding ...

Nick R.
Nick R.

The above shot is actually a replication of how Unfair Park gets to work

Alexander Flores
Alexander Flores

Don't listen to those citizens that say you look "girlie" in those glasses and tights, old chum... I got your back.

Teenus
Teenus

Except when it snows, then they're on bicycles!

Love me some Batman and his hold on the American psyche, and in before the "lol comic books aren't art."

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