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Batman painting expected to bring more than $100,000

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DALLAS (AP) — A painting depicting Batman that pop artist Mel Ramos traded to a man for a stack of comic books more than a half-century ago is expected to bring more than $100,000 at auction.

The 1962 painting titled “A Sinister Figure Lurks in the Dark” will be offered by Dallas-based Heritage Auctions Wednesday in New York City. Bill Steinfelt of California is offering up the painting, which he’s had ever since the 1962 trade with the artist.

Heritage says Ramos was an undiscovered painter at the time of the trade.

Heritage arts expert Leon Benrimon says the painting is one of dozens of works Ramos did early in his career of comic book characters and superheroes. He says the works could be considered Ramos’ breakout series.

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