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Lichtenstolen

Pop Culture Artist pioneer Roy Lichtenstein is only second to Andy Warhol when it comes to popular and prosperous artists to have emerged from the sixties. But instead of everyday household items like Warhol's Campbell's soup, Lichtenstein's muses were the war and romance comics of the Golden and Silver Age. The art on those newsprint pages were leagues away from what connoisseurs would deem fine art but they embraced it with as much passion as those who read and collected the comics. Something that often goes unsaid is that Lichtenstein not only swiped comic book panel art with near precision but he also plagiarized the writer's word for word and made hundreds-of-millions of dollars from the act without even a nod of appreciation to the original creators. Hard to believe isn't it? Take a look at the issues featured below!

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Mid $9.2k
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High $38.5k
  • Lower left image: Image Duplicator (1964) by Roy Lichtenstein
  • Lower right image: interior panel of Magento illustrated by Jack Kirby that was swiped by pop culture artist Roy Lichtenstein without giving attribution to the original creator
Low $70
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Mid $230
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High $760
  • Lower left image: Sleeping Girl (1964) by Roy Lichtenstein
  • Lower right image: interior panel illustrated by Tony Abruzzo that was swiped by pop culture artist Roy Lichtenstein without giving attribution or compensation to the original creators
  • In 2012, Sleeping Girl sold for $44.8 million at Sotheby's Auction House
Low $4
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Mid $12
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High $45
  • Lower left image: Crying Girl (1964) by Roy Lichtenstein
  • Lower right image: interior panel illustrated by John Romita Sr. that was swiped by pop culture artist Roy Lichtenstein without attribution
Low $5
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Mid $18
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High $65
  • Lower left image: Craig (1964) by Roy Lichtenstein
  • Lower right image: interior panel illustrated by John Romita Sr. that was swiped by pop culture artist Roy Lichtenstein without attribution
Low $15
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Mid $50
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High $150
  • Lower left image: Arrrrrff! (1962) by Roy Lichtenstein
  • Lower right image: interior panel illustrated by Jerry Grandenetti that was swiped by pop culture artist Roy Lichtenstein without attribution or compensation to the original creators
  • In 1991, Arrrrrff! sold for $425k in a Christie's auction
Low $3
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Mid $30
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High $100
  • Lower left image: Crak! (1963) by Roy Lichtenstein
  • Lower right image: interior panel illustrated by Jack Abel and written by Bob Haney that was swiped by pop culture artist Roy Lichtenstein without attribution
Low $8
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Mid $20
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High $85
  • Lower left image: Brushstrokes (1965) by Roy Lichtenstein
  • Lower right image: interior panel illustrated by Dick Giordano that was swiped by pop culture artist Roy Lichtenstein without attribution
  • Brushstrokes kicked off a number of follow-up Lichtenstein paintings with the same motif of a simple brushstroke
Low $12
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Mid $40
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High $120
  • Middle image: As I Opened Fire (1966) by Roy Lichtenstein - the panel is an example of a 'Triptych' which is an art term to define a piece that is divided into three sections
  • Lower image: interior panel illustrated by Jerry Grandenetti and written by Robert Kanigher was swiped by pop culture artist Roy Lichtenstein without attribution
  • Lichenstein also lifted the background art from a panel in 'Target Destroyed - Maybe' illustrated by Russ Heath for the painting, Okay, Hot Shot Okay! (1963)
  • Another panel in 'Target Destroyed - Maybe' was used in the painting Bratatat! (1963)
Low $12
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Mid $40
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High $145
  • Lower left image: Takka Takka (1962) by Roy Lichtenstein
  • Lower right image: interior panel illustrated by Bill Monlo and written by Joe Gill that was swiped by pop culture artist Roy Lichtenstein without attribution
Low $12
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Mid $45
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High $115
  • Lower left image: Torpedo...Los! (1963) by Roy Lichtenstein
  • Lower right image: interior panel illustrated by Jack Abel and written by Bob Haney that was swiped by pop culture artist Roy Lichtenstein without attribution or compensation
  • In 1989, Torpedo...Los! sold for $5.5 million in a Christie's auction
Low $20
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Mid $85
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High $230
  • Lower left image: Girl At Piano (1963) by Roy Lichtenstein
  • Lower right image: interior panel illustrated by John Prentice (writer unknown) was swiped by pop culture artist Roy Lichtenstein without attribution
Low $85
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Mid $250
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High $810
  • Middle image: Whaam! (1963) by Roy Lichtenstein
  • Lower image: Interior panel illustrated by Russ Heath that was swiped by pop culture artist Roy Lichtenstein attribution
  • Lichtenstein also lifted two panels from the story 'Aces Wild!' illustrated by Russ Heath and written by Hank Chapman for his paintings Blam (1962) and Brattata (1962)
  • Lichtenstein also swiped the lower right illustration on the cover art by Jerry Grandenetti for the painting Jet Pilot (1963)
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Mid $20
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High $80
  • Lower left image: Flatten -- Sand Fleas! (1963) by Roy Lichtenstein
  • Lower right image: interior panel illustrated by Irv Novick and written by Robert Kanigher that was swiped by pop culture artist Roy Lichtenstein without giving attribution to the original creators
Low $8
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Mid $20
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High $80
  • Lower left image: Live Ammo (Blang) by Roy Lichtenstein (1962)
  • Lower right image: interior panel illustrated by Joe Kubert that was swiped by pop culture artist Roy Lichtenstein without attribution or compensation to the original creators
  • In 1986, Live Ammo (Blang) sold at a Sotheby‚Äôs auction for $792,000
Low $165
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Mid $625
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High $1.9k
  • Lower left image: Drowning Girl (1963) by Roy Lichtenstein
  • Lower right image: an interior panel illustrated by Tony Abruzzo (writer unknown) that was swiped by pop culture artist Roy Lichtenstein without attribution
  • Also in this issue is another panel appropriated by Lichtenstein for the painting Hopeless (1963)