Wealthy fans of Marvel Comics’ friendly neighborhood webslinger will be logging onto ebay to bid on what is being called the largest private Spider-Man memorabilia collection in the world. Being auctioned through Giving Works, eBay’s dedicated program for charity listings, the lot includes more than 1000 Spider-Man items collected over a 30-year period by Ilia Carson-Letelier, co-owner of Meltdown, one of the largest comics and collectibles stores on the West Coast.
“This was a huge part of me, but it was time to let it go,” says Carson-Letelier. “I wanted to help children with the proceeds of this auction–my own son as well as the wonderful kids of Starlight Starbright (SLSB), who deserve to see their dreams come true.”
Among other things, the highest bidder will receive original art used in one of the earlier issues of the comic book, vintage Spider-Man personal appearance costumes from three different decades and Spider-Man cuff links given only to Marvel execs.
Bidding starts as $80,000 and 10% of the final sale price will go to Starlight Starbright, whose mission is to transform the lives of seriously ill children through imaginative programs that educate, uplift and foster a sense of community.
Gazin Auctions, the auction management company behind the sale, expects a major collector, entrepreneur or museum to jump at the opportunity to acquire the unusual collection while benefiting a worth cause.
Special items from the collection are available for viewing prior to and during the eBay auction at Meltdown in Los Angeles at 7522 West Sunset Blvd. To see the auction on eBay, go to www.ebay.com/spider.