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Auction proceeds to help restore house where Superman was created

posted Sep 2, 2008, 6:34 AM by Vu Sleeper

Auction proceeds to help restore house where Superman was created
Tuesday, September 02, 2008 by Michael Sangiacomo

Auction to benefit Glenville home where Superman was created

An online auction of original art and unique comics-related items begins today, with proceeds going toward rebuilding and restoring the Glenville house where Superman was conceived.

Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster created the world-renowned icon in the house at 10622 Kimberly Ave. Hattie and Jefferson Gray have owned the home and lived there for more than two decades, tolerating unexpected visits by dozens of Superman fans.

Among the items to be auctioned off will be a T-shirt signed by Siegel, a walk-on role on television's "Heroes," and original art by Jim Lee, Murphy Anderson, George Perez, Tim Sale and many others. Also up for auction is the chance to have your name or likeness included in upcoming comics by writers like Ed Brubaker and Cleveland-born Brian Bendis.

Fans who can't afford to bid hundreds or thousands of dollars for original art can buy a Siegel and Shuster Society T-shirt, designed by artist Chip Kidd, for $29.99.

The Cleveland-based society and novelist Brad Meltzer's charity - Ordinary People Change the World - will run the four weeklong auctions of about 12 items at a time.

The house renovations will cost the Grays nothing. The aging roof will be repaired. The rotting wooden siding will be replaced and the entire house repainted. Auction organizers hope the sale will raise at least $50,000 for the work and materials, with any extra cash used for upkeep and future repairs.

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