Since its creation in 2005 prompted by François Tajan and Eric Leroy, the Comic Book department has achieved the title of world leader in the speciality. All aspects of the comic book genre are represented: original strips, illustrations and rare objects.
Collectors are quick to praise the substantive work conducted by Artcurial to help bring forward comic book collecting on the international art market.
Exceptional figures punctuate the sales, with in particular the records obtained for Hergé: 1st page of the Adventures of Tintin, €2.6 M (May 2014); original strip from “Ils ont marché sur la Lune”, €1.5 M (November 2016). The “Sceptre d’Ottokar” strip from the Renaud collection, sold €1 M (April 2016), and the collection of 20 drawings for the Carte Neige, which reached €1.5 M (November 2016).
The great classics of Franco-Belgium comics are obviously present: Jean Graton, Michel Vaillant, €40,800 (November 2016); Maurice Tillieux, Gil Jourdan, €39,000 (April 2017); André Franquin, Modeste et Pompon, €30,963 (April 2016); Jean-Claude Mézières, Valérian, €26,650 (April 2017); Yves Chaland, Bob Fish, €24,244 (November 2016); Jacques Tardi, Nestor Burma, €23,606 (April 2016).
Artcurial has also set world records for several authors: Hugo Pratt, Corto Maltese - Les Éthiopiques, €391,800 (November 2014); André Franquin, Gaston Lagaffe cover, €24,025 (March 2010); Moebius, Le garage hérmetique, €278,960 (October 2015).
To promote the ninth art amongst new enthusiasts particularly interested in graphic arts and European culture, two sales were held in Hong Kong in 2015 and 2016. An off-text of the Lotus Bleue, a favourite of the Adventures of Tintin, was purchased for €1,107,196 by an Asian collector (October 2015); a pencilled strip of Coke en stock reaches €223,307 (October 2016).
The Department also contributes to the market’s international development. One recalls the “Enki Bilal - oxymoron” exhibition (New York, Beijing, Berlin and Paris) in 2009; the “Inbox”, installation from the same artist, at the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015, at the Cini Foundation. In 2016, Enki Bilal presents a new series of paintings, “Inbox Hybridization [in love],” in partnership with the Japanese subsidiary of Chanel, at the prestigious Chanel Nexus Hall in Tokyo. To mark the 57th Venice Biennale, Artcurial joins forces with the artist yet again to present “Ve(s)tige/Ve(r)tige”, an installation at the archaeological museum of Venice, San Marco Square.
The Comic Strips department is very pleased to present - on the market for the first time - an exceptional work of art: the drawing made by Hergé for the initial cover of the 1936 album The Blue Lotus. It will be exhibited in Brussels, Munich and then in Paris before its sale on 21st November.
In 2019, Artcurial, leading French auction house, has confirmed its position of major international player in the art market and totaled €203.1 m, +4% compared to 2018.
The ensemble of original drawings by Disney Studio totals €151,900
Last 27th April, 27 original illustrations by Marcel Marlier, famous illustrator of the Martine (or Debbie, as she is known in English) children’s books were sold by the Comic Strips department.
Presented at auction for the very first time, they all sold out. Martine, petit rat de l’opéra was snapped up at € 50,000/ $ 55,500, more than 12 times the estimate.
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