Own a piece of Marvel Animation TV history on Dec. 1, 2012

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Profiles in History, the auction company featured on Syfy's "Hollywood Treasure," will be giving comic book fans the opportunity to own a piece of animated history on Dec. 1, 2012. You'll have the chance to purchase animation cels from some of the most memorable Marvel cartoons of all time. One of these cells could become the centerpiece of a comic book collection and/or a holiday gift that a collector will remember forever.

What is going on?

Profiles in History is conducting an online-only auction of 500 animation cels from Marvel cartoons which aired on Fox in the 1990s. "X-Men," "Fantastic Four," "Iron Man," and "The Incredible Hulk" are all represented in the auction. Each animation cel is hand-painted and includes the hand-painted background. You need to register for the auction through the Profiles in History website to place a bid on any of the items

Characters depicted

The bidding started at between $50 and $100 for each Marvel animation cel, and the prices of some could go into the four-digit range as word spreads about the auction. Many of the lesser-known members of the Marvel Universe (Jubilee, Gambit, Longshot, and Bishop) are pictured in cels as are major characters, such as Captain America, Wolverine, Thor, the Fantastic Four, and Iron Man. Characters with cult followings, such as Doctor Strange, Spider-Woman, Black Panther, and Ghost Rider, are featured on some selections. There are even cels depicting the villains M.O.D.O.K., Leader, Juggernaut, and Dr. Doom.

Potential increases in value

As someone who's collected comic books and comic book memorabilia for more than 30 years, the possibilities the Marvel animation cels offer is exciting. If a movie comes out in the future depicting one of the lesser-known characters depicted on a cel (such as Doctor Strange or Gambit), the interest in the cel would skyrocket. When new Phase 2 Marvel movies come out with the major characters, interest and value in cels showing Captain America or Iron Man could greatly increase as collectors try to acquire everything they can about their favorite hero. These cels could act as an investment.

"Hollywood Treasure"

"Hollywood Treasure" follows Joe Maddalena and his Profiles in History team as they search for some of the most iconic treasures from Hollywood movies and TV history. Fans watch as the team goes from discovering a major item to appraisal, and then finally to auction. Items featured on the show have included the Ruby Slippers, the Ark of the Covenant from "The Ten Commandments," and the hoverboard from "Back to the Future Part II." It's tons of fun for anyone, whether a casual movie/TV fan or an enlightened entertainment buff.

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