Kevin Eastman's Studio: See What's Up for Auction

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Mon, Jan 2, 2012 at 10:00 AM

click to enlarge Kevin Eastman at Meltdown Comics. - SHANNON COTTRELL
  • Shannon Cottrell
  • Kevin Eastman at Meltdown Comics.
Read more in "Kevin Eastman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Co-Creator, Takes Over Meltdown Comics for 35 Days." See more photos in "Kevin Eastman @ Meltdown Comics."

When Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman took over a portion of Meltdown Comics for "Lost Angeles: 35 Days with Kevin Eastman," he brought his studio with him. Now, the contents of his space are up for grabs on eBay. Kevin Eastman's Art Studio Auction opened on December 25. As of December 30, the top bid was over $7,000.

Early in December, I met with Eastman at Meltdown to talk about his work over the years. Last Wednesday, I returned to his gallery/pop-up shop with photographer Shannon Cottrell for the 35th anniversary party for Heavy Metal Magazine, which the artist has owned since the early 1990s. While we were there, we took a peek inside the studio.

click to enlarge SHANNON COTTRELL
  • Shannon Cottrell
"I keep telling people that this is like an episode of Hoarders on steroids," says Eastman."

Certainly, Eastman's studio is packed with odds and ends, including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Heavy Metal memorabilia, posters from a variety of movies, CDs and DVDs, toys and original art from notables like Richard Corben. There's even a photo of Mariah Carey, taken from behind, hanging on a wall near his desk.

click to enlarge Mariah Carey and Elizabeth Hurley on the studio wall. - SHANNON COTTRELL
  • Shannon Cottrell
  • Mariah Carey and Elizabeth Hurley on the studio wall.
Eastman explains that, about fifteen years ago, he was at a race track in Connecticut when he noticed an "attractive young lady" next to him. The woman then began talking to the guy next to her, Tommy Mottola.

"I was like, 'Oh my God, it's Mariah Carey,'" Eastman recalls. "So, stealthily, I took my camera out."

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