Rare Book Monthly

Articles - October - 2015 Issue

Animation & Comic Art: Auctionata makes a splash with their first auction on the subject

Selections from Animation & Comic Art

This month one of the sales Rare Book Hub is covering deals in a more contemporary and focused light. The name of the sale is Animation & Comic Art, and the auction house is Auctionata, an online auction-only company established in Berlin in 2012. In their relatively short tenure as a player in the auction scene, they have had striking success in the world of art, highlighted by their auction of a then newly discovered watercolor by Egon Schiele that sold for $2.4M and set the record for the highest grossing lot of fine art sold at online auction. They have proven themselves capable and worthy of handling extraordinary material, and this month, on October 14, they bring to public sale eighty-nine lots of varying significance, all with a place in the right collector’s possession. This is Auctionata’s first sale of animation and comic art, and they have begun by acquiring excellent material for consignment.

Featuring material from the 1930s to the present, no conversation on the topic of animation and comic art can be had without Theodore Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, being brought up. Five of his pen and ink drawings, three of which are in color, are on offer in the sale, with starting prices running between $3,000 and $7,500 (lots 16 through 20). Also for sale is a seven-foot tall bronze Cat in the Hat monument with a starting price of $50,000 (lot 21).

Another titan in modern comic art is Charles Schulz, and some of his works included in Animation & Comic Art are among the most important and famous of the entire sale. Lot 50 is an original Peanuts Daily Strip from 1966 featuring a story board of Charlie Brown being diagnosed with a baseball induced stomach ache by Lucy at her psychiatrist’s booth. This item has a starting bid of $10,000. Lot 52 is another Peanuts strip, but it commands a premium because of the star featured—none other than Snoopy. With the bidding starting at $16,000, Snoopy doesn’t come cheaply, but this piece is a classic worthy of its appraisal.

More big names appear in the sale too. Maurice Sendak has several items in the sale, including drawings of Where the Wild Things Are. Chuck Jones, of Looney Tunes fame, is also represented in five items. The list goes on: Walt Disney Studios, Matt Groening, and Tim Burton are all here. For a sale of not enormous scale, some enormous names certainly make it worthwhile.

Animation & Comic Art will be conducted at Auctionata’s New York office, and the sale, like all of Auctionata’s, is online only. However, the auction is broadcast live on the web and therefore a form of live bidding is available. Telephone and absentee bidding are also available. Should you be interested in any of the material, please visit Auctionata’s site and the auction page here. The catalog may be browsed from that link, but a downloadable PDF is also up for download here.

Rare Book Monthly

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    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: U.S. / European Shipping Archive 1800-1814. The Widow Bermingham & Sons Collection. €7,000 to €10,000.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: Bunreacht na hÉireann. Constitution of Ireland. An important copy of the First Printing of De Valera’s new Constitution, approved in 1938. Signed by the Constitution Cabinet. €7,000 to €9,000.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: A Rare Complete Run of the Cuala Press Broadsides. €7,000 to €9,000.
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    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: Grose (Francis). The Antiquities of Ireland, 2vols. folio London (for S. Hooper) 1791. Magnificent Hand-Coloured Copy - Only 25 Copies. €3,000 to €5,000.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: Cantillon (Richard). Essai sur la Nature du Commerce en General, Traduit de l'Anglois, Sm. 8vo London (Fletcher Gyles) 1756. €3,000 to €4,000.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: Gregory, (Lady Augusta). Spreading the News: The Rising of the Moon: The Poorhouse (with Douglas Hyde). Being Vol. IX of the Abbey Theatre Series. €3,000 to €4,000.
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    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: Lavery (Lady Hazel). A moving series of three A.L.S. and a Telegram to Gen. Eoin O'Duffy, July-August 1927, expressing her grief at the death of Kevin O'Higgins. €3,000 to €4,000.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: Dampier (Wm.) Nouveau Voyage Autour du Monde, ou l'on descrit en particulier l'Isthme de l'Amerique…, 2 vols. in one, Amsterdam, 1698. €800 to €1,200.
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    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: Rowling (J.K.) Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, 8vo, L. (Bloomsbury) 1999, First Edn., First Printing of Deluxe Collectors Edn. Signed. €800 to €1,200.
    Fonsie Mealy’s, July 30-31: James (Wm.) A Full and Correct Account of the Military Occurrences of The Late War Between Great Britain and The United States of America. 2 vols. Lond. 1818. €650 to €900.
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  • Sotheby’s, July 11: Galileo, Document annotated and signed by Galileo, dated Padua, 1595. £500,000 to £700,000.
  • Bonhams, July 15-25: THE AUTOGRAPH COLLECTION OF ISRAEL WITKOWER. $8,000 - $12,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: GEORGE WASHINGTON SIGNED DISCHARGE. June 9, 1783. $8,000 - $12,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: "Shhhhh!" A DAVID SHANNON ILLUSTRATION FROM DAVID GETS IN TROUBLE. $2,500 - $3,500
    Bonhams, July 15-25: PICASSO, PABLO. Le Carmen des Carmen. Paris, 1964. $2,000 - $3,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: RARE AUTOGRAPH OF AMERICAN NAVAL HERO CAPTAIN JAMES MUGFORD. $2,000 - $3,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: KARA WALKER SILHOUETTES FOR TONI MORRISON'S FIVE POEMS. $2,000 - $3,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: FIRST APPEARANCE OF PINOCCHIO IN ENGLISH. COLLODI, CARLO.New York, 1892. $2,000 - $3,000
    Bonhams, July 15-25: BONAPARTE, JOSEPHINE. Autograph Note (unsigned) in French. $1,000 - $1,500
    Bonhams, July 15-25: FROST ON MATTHEW ARNOLD.Autograph Letter Signed to Adams, July 27, 1934. $800 - $1,200
    Bonhams, July 15-25: ELIAS BOUDINOT'S COPY OF BARLOW'S COLUMBIAN EPIC. $800 - $1,200
    Bonhams, July 15-25: A SIGNED HART CRANE BROOKLYN BRIDGE POSTCARD TO EDWARD DAHLBERG. $600 - $800
    Bonhams, July 15-25: A STOCK CERTIFICATE SIGNED BY THE "QUEEN OF WALL STREET," HETTY GREEN. $700 - $900

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