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June 21, 1990|GREG BRAXTON | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press

Toon Prices Are Up, Doc: Artwork from Warner Bros. and Fleischer cartoons set records at an auction at Christie's East in New York City on Tuesday. A color cel and background set-up of Bugs Bunny and a caricature of Lauren Bacall from "Slick Hare" (1947) sold for $13,000, more than six times the pre-sale estimate of $1,000-$2,000--despite the fact that it was in need of restoration. A layout drawing by director Chuck Jones of Wile E. Coyote and the Roadrunner brought $3,800, more than triple the estimate of $800-$1,200; another Jones drawing of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck sold for $2,200. A group of 20 cels from the Fleischer Studio's "Superman" series sold for $38,000, twice the pre-sale estimate of $15,000-$20,000. Hunt Auction a Hit: The sale of a collection of ancient artifacts and Greek and Romans coins that once belonged to Herbert and Nelson Bunker Hunt, the fallen Texas billionaire brothers, was a big success. Every item sold, bringing in $20 million; Sotheby's officials had expected no more than $12.2 million.

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