I've been meaning to buy some original art for a while, as we're at the point where we're decorating our new house, and I quite wanted something related to my comics hobby to hang on the wall. But once I started thinking about what kind of thing I wanted, I ended up with quite a few requirements, so it was difficult to find a piece that suited them all.
Most of all, I wanted a piece from a series that meant something to me - a favourite book that I would be reminded of when I looked at the art; I wanted it to be by one of my favourite artists; I also wanted something that would work outside the context of the sequential art, so a single image that would stand alone without feeling like it was just an isolated part of a larger story; and I wanted something with a strong sense of design that would look eye-catching in and of itself on a wall.
Well a couple of weeks ago I finally took the plunge and as a bit of a Christmas present to myself I bought this lovely double-splashpage from Ultimates by Bryan Hitch.
It's a really lovely image and looks particularly sharp 'in the flesh' and at full size. Here it is next to a copy of the original issue for scale:
I'm planning to get it framed, and possibly in a similar style to the examples that Patrick posted further upthread, with the cover and pages from the original comic included alongside it. We'll see what works.
Most of all though, it's just lovely to see original art close-up and see all the little details that don't translate to reproduction (except for on those lovely Artist Edition books).
I'm very happy with it anyway, and I can definitely see myself buying another piece or two in future if I find something that feels right.